Photo of the day - 15th July 2016 - King's Dilemma

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This is one of the two 340kg silver containers displayed in the Jaipur city Palace. There were originally three of them. They were constructed in 1901 for a very queer reason. It was during the rule of Maharaja of Jaipur Sawai Madhav Sigh. The king got an invitation to attend the coronation of King Edward VII of England. The King was in dilemma. In one hand it is too important an honour to turn down, especially as India was under British rule. On the other hand, being a pious Hindu, Maharaja was concerned that he would be committing a sin if he crosses the ocean and drink the foreign water. After brainstorming, he came up with a ingenious solution. He ordered to construct three silver vessels each of 4000 liter capacity. He took water from River Ganga filled in these huge urns. This way he will not have to touch foreign water. Hence these silver urns are known as “Gangaajalies” (Urn which contain the water from river Ganges). He set out for sea journey. During the second day of travel, they experienced heavy storms while they were sailing in the red sea. The priests accompanying the king advised him to abandon one of the silver urns in the ocean in order to please the ocean God Varuna. He complied with it and one of the tree silver urns was thrown into the red sea. So the remaining two urns still rests in the Jaipur city palace as a symbol of prosperity and splendour of Rajput kings. The third one might be deep asleep in the bed of red sea. Want to read more about the colorful stories of city palace? You can read it here. For Malayalam, click here

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