8 December 2014

Jodhpur



25/4/09


Jodhpur, the blue city, so named because most of the buildings are painted blue. Some believe that the reason for this was the Brahmins attempting to denote their caste by painting their houses blue, and forbidding anyone else to do so, thereby everyone would recognise the house of an important person. (Brahmins – law makers, teachers, scholars and priests are the highest ranking members in India’s class dividing caste system). The current widely believed reasoning is that indigo was added to the standard whitewash applied to buildings to protect them from termites and other insects, Either way, the colour scheme caught on and was adopted throughout the city, including buildings outside the city walls

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