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Chattri and Paliyas, Than, Kathiawar

Photograph of a group of paliyas (memorial
stones), with a tiered pavilion (chattri) behind at Than in
Gujarat, taken by James Burgess around 1874. In the 'Report on the
Antiquities of Kathiawad and Kachh of 1874-75', Burgess wrote,
"Throughout the country and in Kachh, the custom long prevailed of
erecting a stone called a Paliya to the memory of those who died a
violent death, but in more recent…