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Euginia W. Herbert's book Floraâ€™s Empire: British Gardens in India
GARDENS OF ANCIENT INDIA
There are accounts of four kinds of gardens in Ancient India: udyan, paramadodvana, vrikshavatika and nandanavana. Vatika was a small garden inside homes.
margeshu vriksha: was the practice of plating trees on the roadside for shade
Vrikshayurveda: was the science of plant life
ANCIENT TRADITIONS OF GARDENING CONTINUED BY RAJPUTS
The ancient Hindu gardens were planted in grid style, which can still be seen in Rajput forts and palaces. The Rajput rulers stoutly refused to copy the Mughal style of gardens. This photo from Amaxing India shows grid style garden of Jagmandir Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
On the Udaipur City Palace's topmost terrace, the Amar Vilas rises from natural rock foundations. At its center is a square pool, surrounded by twelve garden beds, subdivided into nine cavities. This is another display of a grid style garden in Rajput Hindu architecture.
In Rajput architecture, ghats (steps) and chattris (pavillions) were built around a lake or pond, because in Hindu tradition immersion in water is both spiritual and a body cleansing ritual. Lakes ponds are not seen in Mughal gardens, which prefer running water in channels. Because Islamic practice has washing in running water, but not immersion.
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