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photoblog image Looking Over The Blue City

Looking Over The Blue City

I am standing at one of the ramparts of the Mehrangarh Fort. In historic times, the city was within the fort walls. As the population grew, the city was forced to move outside the walls. Two reasons are attributed to the predominantly blue colour. One says that the priestly class of the residents wanted their homes to be uniquely identifiable (blue is apprarently representative of Brahmins). I cannot substantiate this in anyway. And to be sure, today it is irrelevant who is living in the blue houses or those of other shades. The other reason attributed to the blue is the mixing of copper sulphate in the lime whitewash to ward off termite attacks, by making the foundations and walls inhospitable for these insects.

 

And seen below is a canon that perhaps saw some action in the past.    

 

photoblog image Jodhpur-SEP2017-AyushBasu-159.jpg

Looking Over The Blue City

I am standing at one of the ramparts of the Mehrangarh Fort. In historic times, the city was within the fort walls. As the population grew, the city was forced to move outside the walls. Two reasons are attributed to the predominantly blue colour. One says that the priestly class of the residents wanted their homes to be uniquely identifiable (blue is apprarently representative of Brahmins). I cannot substantiate this in anyway. And to be sure, today it is irrelevant who is living in the blue houses or those of other shades. The other reason attributed to the blue is the mixing of copper sulphate in the lime whitewash to ward off termite attacks, by making the foundations and walls inhospitable for these insects.

 

And seen below is a canon that perhaps saw some action in the past.    

 

photoblog image Jodhpur-SEP2017-AyushBasu-159.jpg

comments (21)

Whatever the reason - that blue cast is quite lovely at this distance.
Ayush Basu: I liked the blue tints, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Jun 2018, 07:01
Vu d'en haut, on vois bien que les rues sont très étroites.
Ayush Basu: This is the same old town which I showed some posts back, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Jun 2018, 07:43
No skyscrapers in a place like this..
Ayush Basu: But the fort more than compensates for any skyscraper, Chris!
A wonderful jumble of buildings Ayush
Ayush Basu: I like your choice of descriptive words, Bill.
Impressionnante la première photo, et très belle aussi avec ce bleu prédominant.
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: Merci, Pascale. I am pleased to have shared it with you.
Magnifique ce bleu ...une histoire très interessante sur le pourquoi de ce bleu !
Merci
Ayush Basu: Merci, Claudine! I am pleased to have shared the story with you.
How on earth does one find the way through all those buildings and tiny streets. The cannon is a fine looking thing.
Ayush Basu: This is the same old town which I showed some posts back, Brian. So a lot of gentle negotiating.
Great photo, Ayush, the cannon is very impressive.
Ayush Basu: Very robust construction on that cannon, Frank.
Very nice. I really like that view of the city.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased to be able to share this with you, Michael.
That is one sprawling city outside the fort walls, Ayush. It's as though it has no rhyme or reason!
Ayush Basu: It developed bit by bit since the 1400s, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 11 Jun 2018, 07:15
This is an incredible view, Ayush. Man alive there is so much to see.
Now I hope that the canon was able to defend the city.
Ayush Basu: I understand that in the violent years, the city was inside the fort walls, Astrid. Only when the threat dissipated and the population grew, did they start to settle outside.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 11 Jun 2018, 08:14
looks like everyone has roof top balconies .... for gardens? coz there is no other place for gardens? smile great pic!
Ayush Basu: No gardens but then this is a warm, desert province, Elaine. The rooftops are nice for people to catch some evening breeze, once the sun goes down.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jun 2018, 14:27
Talk about jam packed! A great POV
Ayush Basu: This is the same old town which I showed some posts back, Anne, with the cart and police vehicle.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 11 Jun 2018, 16:33
what a vantage point

i can only imagine so many people living so close
Ayush Basu: I quite liked wandering through the lanes of the old town down below, Sherri.
those are a lot of buildings to have walled in Ayush...
i like the canon....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I think the construction gradually occurred over the past five centuries, Peter.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2018, 18:28
Wow. Quite a powerful view of this very dense city.
Ayush Basu: I quite liked wandering through the lanes of the old town down below, Beth.
It seems that from the height of the giants they are playing dominoes
They certainly are packed in!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jun 2018, 20:58
Crikey! Its all rather jammed in. I can just picture the heaving sea of humanity there.
I love to look over large cities...
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Jun 2018, 00:38
I love the blue in your first photograph and the contrasting B&W showcasing the canon in your second photograph. Poignant.

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