Bathed in the
legends of romance and chivalry, Rajasthan is a
desert-landscaped state with colorful festivals.
It is famous worldwide and best loved by all
travelers. Describing the variety of the
scenery, the sparkling lakes and blaming
gardens, the awe-inspiring palaces built by the
Rajput warriors, and the sublime temples and
shrines are unparallel.
An equal credit goes to the local traditional
marble handicraft work of Rajputana (abode
of kings). The erstwhile 22 princely states were
present since olden times until they were
consolidated in 1956. Together, it formed the
present state of modern Rajasthan.
The marble handicrafts of Rajasthan were
considered equal to their wealth and grandeur of
the rich as well as the regality. For centuries,
the local artisans produced marble figurines,
statues and figures and many other
examples of artful conceptions. With the
patronizing of sculptors and marble carving
artisans, more marble mines were found
and production was increased.
The arid and semi-arid zones of Rajasthan are
rich in all kinds of stones. Multi-colored rocks
and stones ranging from colors like yellow,
pink, black, etc., along with marble are mined
till today for production of such skillful
marble handicraft materials. Excellent
quality stones are transformed into marble
animal figures, bathroom ware,
furniture like tabletops, and
small-looking marble temples.
During the reign of Akbar, the great Mughal
emperor, married the sister of Maharaja Man
Singh of Jaipur. This matrimonial alliance
opened the doors of both the cultures and
kingdoms for a spectacular exchange ever. The
royal Rajput households got an access to the
Mughals’ distinguishing ethnicity and vice
versa. Artisans from here and there travelled
and mingled extensively. Even both the rulers
benefited tremendously with such a strong
As prevalent in the Hindu culture, in the
marriage of the Hindu Rajput princess with
Akbar, a surplus amount of dowry was known.
Among a multitude of servants and other royal
items, numerous marble handicraft articles
were sent to the Mughal royal family as gifts.
Especially the marble carved fountains,
marble gold painted statues and figures,
marble mementos, various artistically
painted marble pots and bowls, marble
pedestals, etc. Even today, these forms of
marble finesse can still be seen as a
glimpse of the splendid patronization of
As mentioned above, Rajasthan, formerly known as
Rajputana, is a venue of legendary but fierce
battles fought by Rajput warriors and the
foreign invasion. Even when the Mughal Empire
was prosperous and became the richest empire in
the world, various other Rajput provinces faced
the brunt of invasion from invaders like Sher
Shah Suri. The prominent princes of Mewar also
fought bravely to oust the attackers. However,
when they were not fighting for wealth, power,
and women, they were busy building and
encouraging hundreds of forts, gardens, palaces,
and handicraft making.
Not even the Mughal emperors but the Rajput
rulers also promoted for marble carving
as a very important work of art. To name a few
places such as Dholpur, close to Bharatpur
stretching till Barmer with the sand dunes,
marble statues are best seen as specimens of
accurate precision. Some of the artisans are so
skilled that they carve marble as if
working on wood.
Nowadays, many marble handicraft
manufacturers and exporters are based in
Jaipur. They satisfactorily provide the same
forms of marble handicraft specimens
mentioned above, stacked as budgted ones to
extravagant examples of marble art.
Magnificent pieces of marble handicraft
are available at ‘Khajane Walon ka Rasta’, the
well-known Jaipur market. You can find
astonishing sculptures of deities, beautiful
paintings on marble and many more such
attractive marble handicraft items.