Jaipur 1778 narrates the interregnum concluded with the royal consecration of PratÄpsingh (1778-1803). Over the period of a month, the new king became vested with the power of symbols that legitimated his dynasty. To the extent that this was a process taking place in the public space, it also confirmed the symbolic structure of the two royal residences involved.
Monika Horstmanns book examines the history of those symbols and their human agents and the public ritual performed. The Kingdom of Jaipur, Funeral and Mourning, Processions as well as the Royal Consecration are analysed. A concluding chapter addresses the functional change inherent in a royal consecration that took place in Jaipur in the year 2011, at a time when Indian kingship had ceased to be functional for about half a century. Furthermore the translation of the court record of the interregnum and royal consecration of MahÄrÄjÄ PratÄpsingh in 1778, the main database for the book, is given in the appendix.