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The Royal Torans


Today, our Tuesday Tales whirl around the Royal Toran at Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

The picture you see is a toran from Maharaja Gaj Singh and former Maharani Hemlata Rajye’s Prince Yuvraj Shivraj Singh’s wedding, which was carved and gifted as a good luck charm to the home-coming princess.

It is truly amazing to realize that a simple toran, a sacred or honorific decorative string at the house gateway would trace its root as work of art in history. And even more exciting when this connects with modern design.

The origin of torans can be traced to Puranas. Torans or bandanwaar, as we know, are used to decorate the main entrance of the home. The main idea behind decorating the homes is to please and attract Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Over the years, toran designs have evolved, more of them are gateway decorations, but our heart lays in this wooden toran, with intricate wood work, decorative glass pieces, vibrant colours, and all in all its ecstatic grandeur being. Today we might not be able to use these torans for the only purpose it was made, but it makes a beautiful center piece, a wall hanging, garden accessory,  it’s kingly presence is sure to spread the royal charm.

The stories behind something so gorgeous from our great design history, is just as flattering as it is a bit surreal!


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