Natesa – Pratihara Style of architecture
A long-pending case of idol theft finally saw an important development as Natesa, a rare sandstone idol in the 9th century Prathihara style of Rajasthan, is returning to the country after 22 years. The Natesa icon, currently at the Indian High Commission, London, was originally from the Ghateswara Temple, Baroli, Rajasthan.
- The sandstone Natesa figure stands tall at almost 4 ft. in a rare and brilliant depiction of Lord Shiva in the late 9th century Prathihara style of Rajasthan. A beautiful depiction of Nandi is shown behind the right leg of the Natesa icon.
About Pratihara empire
- The GURJARA-PRATIHARAS were the earliest of the Rajput rulers.
- Its first great leader was HARISHCHANDRA.
- He conquered extensive territory in Rajputana and ruled with his capital at Bhinmal.
- Gurjaras were in different branches. One branch ruled Gujarat and another at Avanthi.
- Pratiharas involved themselves in a three cornered contest with the Palas of Bengal and the Rashtrakutas of Deccan.
- Later the Pratiharas became weak.
- They are credited with containing Arab armies moving east of the Indus river. The Arabs could not expand their authority into India due to the presence of powerful PRATIHARA kingdom in western India.
- Gurjara-Pratihara are known for their sculptures, carved panels and open pavilion style temples.
- The greatest development of their style of temple building was at Khajuraho, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.