NOTES ON SOME HINDU MONUMENTS OF DIFFERENT AGES FROM TALAGANG

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  • KOMAL ZAHRA Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad
  • HADIQA IMTIAZ Hazara University Mansehra, KPK, Pakistan

Abstract

Talagang, in northern Punjab, Pakistan was the former tehsil of District Chakwal as now it has been declared as a separate district. It is located in the western direction of District Chakwal. It has a rich archaeological profile. Unfortunately, it remains an unexplored piece of land despite its great archaeological potential. The existence of structural remains signifies a diversified cultural influence over the area. Preliminary investigations reveal that this area was under the influence of British colonists. Most of the standing monuments in Talagang are manifestations of the British monarchy. Various Hindu temples, samÉdhÊs, shamshÉn ghÉts (cremation grounds), ÍavelÊs (mansions), old houses, and a colony are found there, all of which belong to the British colonial era. However, this paper is specifically designed to evaluate the architecture of Hindu temples and samÉdhÊs in Talagang. It will elaborate an art, architecture, and plans of Hindu temples and a samÉdhÊ (commemorative tomb) and will show the gradual transmission of Hindu temple architecture from complexity to simplicity. Hindu temple architecture gradually transits from complexity to simplicity, as is evident from the architecture of Hindu Shahi temples and colonial period architecture, respectively. They are adorned with decorative motifs of geometric and floral designs, influenced by both indigenous and foreign cultures. This amalgamation in local art reflects the shared history of different cultural communities in the past.

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2024-03-02

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KOMAL ZAHRA, & HADIQA IMTIAZ. (2024). NOTES ON SOME HINDU MONUMENTS OF DIFFERENT AGES FROM TALAGANG. Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society, 72(1). Retrieved from http://phs.com.pk/index.php/phs/article/view/325

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