●Natesa:A rare sandstone idol from the 9th century
•Natesa, a rare sandstone idol from the 9th century (Pratihara Style of Rajasthan) has been retrieved after 22 years by Rajasthan police.
•Natesa icon was smuggled out of the country in 1998.
•The sandstone Natesa figure stands tall at almost 4 ft. in a rare and brilliant depiction of Shiva
•A beautiful depiction of Nandi is shown behind the right leg of the Natesa icon.
•It is a famous temple architecture belonging to the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty of Rajasthan.
•They ruled much of Northern India from the mid-8th to the 11th century.
Significant Rulers: Nagabhata Il, Mhir Bhoj, Mahenedra pal
•The architecture is known for their sculptures, carved panels and open pavilion style temples belonging to Nagara Style of temple Architecture.
•They used most common sandstones for idols that have various shades of red, caused by iron oxide (rust).
•The greatest development of their style of building is at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.