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Tower Guard, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by RIYAZ POCKETWALA

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The Victory Tower at Chittorgarh has stood for five hundred years, it’s nine stories of intricately carved stone bearing the dark stains of the oil left by countless hands. Sadly now there is also the stain of local tourists and their misguided vandalism. I hope in vain that the beautifully turbanned guard could suggest that people refrain from defacing this stunning and unique building.

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  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature Marie, I could not resist the wonderful turban and his weathered face.


  • rosettajallow1
    rosettajallow1about 4 years ago

    He looks quite a character! Congratulations on your Feature.

  • Not nearly as stern as he seems. Thanks Rosetta for your affirmation of my work.


  • rosettajallow1
    rosettajallow1about 4 years ago

    The carvings are really beautiful, ornate, and worth guarding.

  • They are that, stunning carvings inside and out, covering the entire nine stories. I could not help but notice the sporadic vandalism in the tower, local tourists who write and carve their declarations of love and draw mustaches and facial features on the worn stone. It is sad to see the lack of understanding that lets this happen. I asked the guard if it was possible that he request visitors not to deface the temple with the marks of their passing so that the tower could remain beautiful. I doubt it woould have had an impact.


  • rosettajallow1
    rosettajallow1about 4 years ago

    I detest vandalism and the lack of respect people have for places of such beauty.

  • It is sad and detestable, and unpoliced. It happens in all places around the globe, but when it defaces beautiful and historic or spiritual places, it is more painful to behold.


  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesalmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks for the feature Judith, and for acknowledging the extraordinary importance of the preservation of art and culture and our need to embrace and learn from it.


  • NicoleBPhotos
    NicoleBPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning shot!
    I love the way he looks at you.
    Relaxed and friendly – sort of – yet fierce at the same time.
    Humans are a thoughtless, disrespectful bunch when the y take on the costume of a tourist.
    Hope his stare will be enough to stop them from being stupid.

  • Thank you Nicole, I think the fierce look was a well practiced one to avoid being bothered, but when you actually talked to the guy, but once he summed you up, he was very amiable.


  • Ben Waggoner
    Ben Waggoneralmost 4 years ago

    ^ What Nicole said. =)

  • Thanks Ben, as forboding-friendly as this guard was, he was quite disinterested with regards the vandalism. Just did not really get paid enough to bother. Sadly, I have more images from the tower that display the work of the vandals very blatantly, people who have drawn faces on carvings, and those who state they’re love for one another. It is a common sight. All in all, Chittorgarh is an stunning place to visit, especially with a camera.


  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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