Medieval Architecture of India: A Source of History (From 12th to 18th Century)
Nasir Raza Khan
Architecture is a record of continuous evolution. Architecture is a valuable art of expression of human mind through the ages. It is also an inseparable part of the history of any civilization. In this respect, medieval architecture of India can compare with other sources that provide information of historical importance. It reveals not only the glory and opulence of its time but other aspects of contemporary culture and civilization associated with a particular monument. A scholar of history in the course of his or her study basically takes stock of contemporary literary sources to corroborate available evidence. In the same way, he or she cannot ignore the architecture of the concerned period. We can study the monuments from the point of study of this style. Inscriptions also work as important source material to study the socio-economic condition of a particular period. Architectural development can be seen as the process of development of any civilization. Today in India monuments of difference categories, like, religious, social, public welfare [sarai (inns) and baolis, (stepwell)] are stand with their past glory and have become an integral part of the cultural heritage of our country.