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a memorial (6m long) to the Rajasthani royal warhorse my object symbolizes, Chetak, who gave his own life at the battle of haldighati (1576) to save the king.

 
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bleeding heavily, Chetak managed to flee the battlefield and jump across a river 6m wide, losing all pursuers, delivering the king to safety before dying in his arms.

 
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sindoor powder, "the mark of a married woman" in Rajasthani culture, worn along the part of the hair, "symbolic of a river of red blood, the source of life, vitality."

 
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and yet, known to be toxic.

 
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