Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sherwali Kothi (Lion Mansion) in Varanasi

Sherwali Kothi (Sher = Lion, Kothi = Mansion) is a mansion in Thatteri Bazaar. This area is to the north of Chauk. The mansions in this area belong to business families and are used both for residential and business purposes. There is some elaborate wood carving, although the mess of electrical wiring hides some
In Sherwali Kothi, two roaring winged lions guard the gate to the haveli. Here is a close-up of one of the lions.
 There is a saree shop on the first floor here called Rastogi. Many of the families who lived in this area have moved to the newer parts of the city, and they use this old part for business, but also they have showrooms in modern areas. An armed sentinel stands guard outside the haveli. This sort of representation is done typically by wealthy merchants, to show that this is a rich household.

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