(Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow)
Dhwaja Stambha or Dhvaja Stambh implies flag pole. Dhwaja in Hindi or Sanskrit means flag and Stambha/ Stambh means pole.
Flag is an important element of Hindu temple. The form and placing in the temple may vary depending on geographical location, time/era and the deity. It’s common to find flag on the Shikhara of temple here in Jaipur and elsewhere in North India. In South Indian temples, Dhawaja Stambha is placed prominently either near the entrance or in the courtyard. It’s usual for people to do parikrama (circumambulate) around the Sthamba For uninitiated, Hindu temples in North and South India follow entirely different architecture and layout. I’ll reserve those details for some other post. Not many temples in Jaipur have Dhwaja Stambha or flag pole. An exception is Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple in Amer, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It’s being claimed that Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple precedes Amer town. Amer or Amber, as some prefer to call it dates back to 10th century AD. The name of town Amer is also derived from this temple.
The stairs or foot steps of this stambha is very narrow and challenging. These were not meant to be used by the public; only for the skilled probably to change the flag as per the need. This Stambha was not been designed for performing parikrama. By the way, as per Hindu calendar, the current month is Sravana or Sharavana, which is associated with Lord Shiva.