News Excerpt
A valuable statue of Shiva that was stolen from a temple in Rajasthan 22 years ago and smuggled to Britain was finally repatriated to India . The four-foot statue is a rare and brilliant depiction of Shiva in the late 9th century Prathihara-style of Rajasthan.

Pre-Connect
•    The Gurjara-Pratiharas or simply, the Pratiharas, ruled much of northern India from the mid-8th to 11th century CE.
•    They held their sway over western and northern India.
•    This dynasty saw its fortunes rising under Nagabhata I who successfully defeated Arab invaders.
•    Bhoja or MihiraBhoja was the most well-known king of this dynasty.
•    The Pratiharas were known chiefly for their patronage of art, sculpture and temple-building, and for their continuous warfare with contemporary powers like the Palas of eastern India and the Rashtrakuta Dynasty of southern India.

Highlights
    The most important groups of architectural works generally credited to the early Pratiharas are at Osian  andRoda in Gujrat.
    The early works at Osian have five-bay mulaprasadas with porch and open hall but no vestibule  or ambulatory and several have five-shrine complexes (pancha-yatana).
    Most of the works at Roda have five-bay mulaprasadas without ambulatory, like the temples at Osian, but they generally have only a porch.
    Dedicated to a Shakti cult, the Teli-ka-Mandir at Gwalior consists of an elevated rectangular mulaprasada and a double oblong shikhara and a closed portico.
    The Ghateshwara at Baroli has a Phamsana, portico with parapets and miniature Latina shikharas at the corners.
    Gyaraspur Temple is more advanced in plan, with ambulatory as well as vestibule and closed hall with balconies and porch.
    Someshwara Temple is distinguished by the octagonal arrangement of the many-faceted pillars which define the central space of its hall. It also has one of the earliest-known seven-bay mulaprasadas.
    Vishnu Temple is notable for the Samvarana roof of its hall - one of the earliest known examples of the type, clearly revealing its evolution from the Phamsana form.