The young Maharajah of Bansda takes a ride on a fabulously-caparisoned royal elephant; take note of the chattra, the umbrella-like canopy suspended above the maharajah’s head, and long a symbol of Indian royalty. Via Sacala Regia

The young Maharajah of Bansda takes a ride on a fabulously-caparisoned royal elephant; take note of the chattra, the umbrella-like canopy suspended above the maharajah’s head, and long a symbol of Indian royalty. Via Sacala Regia

This procession of Maharajas took place in Jaipur to commerate the arrival of the Maharaja of Baria, 1948.

This procession of Maharajas took place in Jaipur to commerate the arrival of the Maharaja of Baria, 1948.

Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar wearing the 5-strand pearl necklace, the 7 strand pearl necklace and a large sash of pearls.  Every Indian Maharaja worth his salt had a sizable pearl collection and Holkars were no exception to the rule. The pearls of the maharajas were no ordinary pearls, but Basra pearls of the finest quality.

Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar wearing the 5-strand pearl necklace, the 7 strand pearl necklace and a large sash of pearls. Every Indian Maharaja worth his salt had a sizable pearl collection and Holkars were no exception to the rule. The pearls of the maharajas were no ordinary pearls, but Basra pearls of the finest quality.

Prince Indrajitendra Narayan with wife Princess Kamala Devi at their wedding reception day in 1940s. Courtesy - HH Uttara Devi , Kotah.

Prince Indrajitendra Narayan with wife Princess Kamala Devi at their wedding reception day in 1940s. Courtesy - HH Uttara Devi , Kotah.

Princess Purnima & Jyotsna of Cooch Behar http://www.pinterest.com/stockimagebank/vintage-india/

Princess Purnima & Jyotsna of Cooch Behar http://www.pinterest.com/stockimagebank/vintage-india/

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