Thanks for the overwhelming responses to the riddle. Yes, these are the ruins found around the Qutub Minar and the famous Iron Pillar in Delhi.

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atleast know that i was there.jpg
i lost he won.jpg
victor n the vanquished 2.jpg
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who lost.jpg

However not much is clear about them, though as Ragu mentioned there are various versions of pillaged temples, forts, jaina structures - Thomar, Rajput including as per the ASI board the original fort of Prithivraj Chauhan. Without going into those details, am sure a google search will land you on the various versions - incl a popular version in Amar Chitra Katha - for though the sights are visibly disturbing - the idea of presenting these was not to rake up any religious / communal sentiment. For that matter, everyday we are witnessing vandalism of our living temples even today, so why harbor hatred for something that happened hundred of years ago. There are thousands of such structures which you can adopt and safe in our rich country. Well, while i say that - as a art lover, you feel for the loss of the art and the effort of the sculptor. All is fair in war and conquest. But i would like to spur some creative outcome from this.

Lets go back and relook at the pillars for stylistic parallels. The sheer weight of these pillars could have made transportation over long distances tedious So they must have been from around Delhi of yore. But the artistic styling is quite unique, especially the Ganas supporting the roof at the top of the pillars, the floral designs on them.

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defaced ganas and lion riders on top of pillar.JPG
defaced lady looking into a mirror and ornamenting herself.JPG
defaced relief panel.JPG

The differently styled pillars also support the idea of their source from multiple places - you see some are very ornately carved, while others are without much embellishments. Can we spot parallels among other sites.

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I am not sure if the craftsmen had missed it or it was delibrately done. In anycase, there is a ananthasayana Vishnu panel in one of the roof supporting beams and it is very clearly seen. It is seen among the places outside the corridor…judging from my archives it might be 2.5 or 3 feet by 0.5 foot.
Was amazed looking at it.

April 2nd, 2009 at 21:46

I was here last week!! Although, I would not have been able to crack the riddle!!

April 7th, 2009 at 9:16

hi ragothaman. Will try and see in the archives. not sure how i missed it.

Hi vamsee, welcome. your post on your site of the temples in thailand left me spell bound. keep them coming


April 12th, 2009 at 6:02

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