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  • Mega Craft Expo: Puducherry

    Earn attractive discounts‬ at our ongoing Mega Craft Expo in Puducherry‬ till 9th August. Exhibition inaugurated today by Sh. Jegadesan Kannan IPS, Dy. Inspector General of Police, Puducherry. Shop for rare artistic jewelry, bronze and brass handicrafts and a lot more! Hurry

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  • Paper Mache art make beautiful collectibles

    Paper Mache is a craft that has become very popular with handicraft lovers in the recent years. It is a craft to make sculptures, puppets, dolls, animals, bowls, and so many more things with just paper water, glue, colours and varnish.

    Paper Mache is an art to convert old newspaper into a piece of art. There are two methods of paper Mache: one by sticking together soaked strips of paper with glue on the model or shape you want, and the other, by boiling or soaking paper and making a pulp out of it and using.

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    In the first method, the strips of paper are soaked in adhesive before sticking on the desired model. It is left for drying between layering. A minimum of four to five layering is enough to give a concrete shape before adding a plain white layering on it. Once the paper Mache has completely dried, the model is removed. It is, then, given a coat of paint and desired decorations and detailing is done on it. The paper Mache is glazed with a coat of primer or varnish for that added glow and waterproofing.

    Paper Mache is an ancient art. In places like ancient Egypt, coffins and death masks were made of layers of papyrus covered with plaster. There were also used in war times by making soldiers figures to act as decoys.

    Paper Mache is a traditional art in Kashmir. The art was originally known in Kashmir as Kar-i-qalamdan. This tradition’s origin can be traced back to the 15th century when King Zain-ul-Abidin invited skilled artists from Central Asia. They make beautiful boxes, trays, letter racks, photo frames, wall hangings, Wall panels, decorative ceilings coasters, etc in paper Mache. They paint these articles in beautiful colours and detailed decorative art. You can find some rare art pieces in emporiums.

    Paper Mache is also popular in places like Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and other parts of south India.

    The art of paper Mache is inexpensive, non-flammable, non-hazardous, and non-toxic. The articles made are lightweight but they are sturdy. They are also used as masks and props in theatres. Today figurines, puppets, models, idols, toys, animal figures, Christmas decorations, and various other products are available at emporiums like Poompuhar.

  • South India- the birthplace of Dravidian Architecture

    The Dravidian style of Architecture is the characteristic South Indian style and is mainly found in the Southern Indian  states of  Tamil NaduKarnatakaKeralaTelangana, and Andhra Pradesh. The Dravidian architecture can mainly be seen through the temples; which were of various shapes such as square, rectangular, octagonal, star-shaped etc and they were made from stones. They were constructed by sandstone, steatite or granite. The Vastu Shastra, an ancient science of architecture and construction, states it as one of the three styles of temple building.

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    The Dravidian style temples inhere almost universally of four parts. They differ only according to the age in which they were constructed. The main part, contained the hall where the image of the god or his symbol was placed, the temple itself was called the Vimana. It was always constructed square in plan and on top of it was a pyramidal roof of one or more levels. A pillared outdoor hall or pavilion for public rituals, known as Mandapas (or porches) was built to cover and precede the door leading to the main hall where the deity was kept. The primary features in the quadrangular enclosures that surrounded the more remarkable temples were the gate-pyramids known as Gopurams. These rectangular, pyramidal towers were often 50 metres high with intricate sculptures of gods, demons, humans, and animals on them.  Pillared halls (Chaultris) used for several processes were the unvarying appendage to the Dravidian temples. The most holy place was the pitha (altar), or plinth, of the Deity.

    The altar was located in the sanctum sanctorum (inner sanctum) which was known as the garbha-griha meaning womb house. There were no sculptures, but that of the main deity in the garbha-griha or inner sanctum of the main shrine. The gateway that faced the sanctum was called mahadvara and was the main entrance to the temple.

    There had to be a significant ceremony known as impregnating (garbhadhana or garbha-nyasa) before the construction of the garbha-griha and so that part of the temple was built first. The sanctum sanctorum (central shrine) was topped by a pyramidal tower several stories high called vimana or sikhara. It was crowned by a chakra in a Lord Vishnu temple and a trident in a Lord Siva temple.

    The garbha-griha and the pavilion in front of the main altar was connected by a vestibule or porch called ardha mandapa or antarala.

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    In front of the sanctum (mukha mandapa), there used to be a hall (usually of rectangular shape) where the devotees stood to be able to see the main deity of the temple. The nityarchana mandapa is where the worship of the small (moveable) representative of the main deity is done every day. There used to be a flight of stairs to connect the first prakara with the sanctum sanctorum and was called sopana. It was in front of this flight of stairs where the main mandapa was.

    The other deities and the consort of the main deity (Lakshmi or Parvati) were kept in the subsidiary shrines or altars.

    Many of the Dravidian temples had halls for various purposes. For example, hall for holding large audience- ranga-mandapa, hall for occasional sacrifices-yajna, hall for dance recitals- nritya-mandapa, hall for marriage ceremonies- kalyana-mandapa, hall in the middle of the temple tank used for festivals- vasanta-mandapa, hall for festive occasions- utsava-mandapa, place where the festival vehicles were kept- vahana-mandapa and asthana-mandapa- where the processional deity held alankara-mandapa where the deity was dressed before being taken on cavalcade.

     There also used to be a treasury, a kitchen (paka-sala), store room (ugrana), dining hall (Ramanuja-kuta in a Vaishnava temple and Siva-kuta in a Siva temple) in such temples.

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    In the temple ground, outside the main entrance of the garbha- griha was the flagpost (dhvaja- stambha) and a platform for food offerings (bali-pitha). Every temple usually had a temple tank (teppakulam), flower garden (nandavana), and temple chariot (ratha). On festival days the processional deity was cavalcaded around town on the chariot.  Thousands of people joined the festival parade with zest.

    Several empires and kingdom of Southern India imprinted their influence on architecture.

    The Sangam period (from 300BCE -300CE), made brick shrines for the deities Murugan, Shiva, Amman and Thirumal (Vishnu) of Tamil pantheon. One of the temples, the Saluvannkuppan Murukan Temple was built in three layers; the lowest layer consisted of the brick shrine. As the dynasties expanded, various structural additions, such as sculptures of art, nature and deities, were made to the brick shrines. Some examples of these additions can be seen in the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple from the Sangam period.

    The Pallavas (from 600-900 AD) are considered the pioneers of South Indian architecture. Their greatest work of art was the construction of single rock temples in Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram, which are now part of Tamil Nadu. The Dravidian style temples were initially built in the Badami Chalukya – Pallava period. Rock – cut temples were made between 610 CE and 690 CE and the structural temples were built between 690 CE – 900 CE. They made pillared halls and monolithic shrines known as rathas in Mahabalipuram. Not only did the Pallavas pioneer in the construction of the rock cut temples (without using building materials like mortar, bricks etc), rather it was them who started constructing large temples and very large deities and idols. The Thiruppadagam and Thiruooragam temples have images of Lord Vishnu which are 28 and 35 feet high respectively in his expression of Pandavadhootar and Trivikraman. Dravidian style of architecture was prevalent in the whole of Tamil Nadu.

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    The Pandya built a 12  tiered temple; the Srivilliputtur Andal Temple, which is also the official symbol of the government of Tamil Nadu. Its tower is 192 feet high; which is almost equal to 59 meters high. The famous Meenakshi temple in Madurai is another example of the temples built in this period.

    The Cholas were very creative temple builders;  The Brihadeshvara Temple of Thanjavur, Brihadeshvara Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, the Airavatesvara Temple of Darasuram are the temples which have been given the title of ‘ Great Living Chola Temples ‘ among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Sarabeswara (Shiva) Temple, also known as the Kampahareswarar Temple at Thirubhuvanam, is yet another magnificient temple built by the Chola dynasty.

    The Rastrakutas ruled in the period 753 – 973 CE. They built beautiful Dravidian  monuments at Ellora and Elephanta (now known as Maharashtra), such as the Jaina Narayana Temple, Navalinga Temple and the Kailasanatha temple, in the rock cut architecture style. The Rastrakutas constructed 34 temples; all in the rock – cut style. The walls of the temple have sculptures from the Hindu mythology depicting the Dravidian art. The ceilings, too, have beautiful paintings.

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    The Chera style of architecture is only one of its kind in Dravidian architecture. The Thirunelli Temple, the Vadakkunnathan Temples, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple and Kandiyur Siva Temple are its examples.

    Thus we can see that South India has wonderful works of Dravidian architecture worth watching.

  • Say yes to Greenery

    It is a well-known fact that plants are very necessary for the sustenance of human life. Of lately, modernization seems to be a taking a toll on the very subsistence of life. There is mass cutting down of the very source of oxygen –plants, for building tall buildings. Plant based forests are being replaced by tall concrete jungles leaving the humans and animals gasping for breath.

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    The disappearing forest covers are leading to many natural disasters all around. Men seem to forget that it is the plants, which, provide the much-needed purified oxygen we breathe in. The pollution from, vehicles, factories, and other sources are filling our lungs with harmful dust and chemicals that are causing various kind of health problems. Even the air inside the homes is no longer as pure as it used to be. Gases emitted by building materials, household articles, carpets, cleaning products etc. are having a  detrimental effect on the very air that we breathe every minute.

    The closer one is to nature, the better is the quality of life one lives. One is able to prevent a wide range of illnesses and diseases. An individual surrounded by greenery all around finds find it easy to live a life free of many maladies and illnesses.

    Looking at plants and greenery is pleasing to the eye and refreshing for the body and mind. The area is filled with peace and tranquillity. The serene environment helps to relax and calm the mind of the individual. Green plants emit positive energy all around.

    Everybody dreams of having a house with a garden. However, in this day and age affording this dream can be a little difficult. The constraint of space too has made it difficult for many to live this dream. A better option today is have beautiful potted plants at home. Today a wide range of planters are available that help to give the home a greener and nature friendly look. Beautiful brass and wooden planters add that elegant look to the potted plants

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    Decorating these planters with rest of the furniture gives a stylish look to the decor. Brass planters come in various sizes and shapes that can be easily placed in any part of the house. One can easily create a garden in the balcony or terrace with the wide range of indoor plants that require little less sunlight than other plants. They need to be kept in sunlight for a few hours weekly. Some of these plants include peace lily, Ficus Alii, rubber plant, Boston fern, bamboo palm, areca palm. These plants help to purify the air around the house while also making it beautiful, greener and colourful.

  • Why should we buy handicrafts?

    Handicrafts are an expression of the heritage, culture and tradition of a country or region. Handicrafts are products that are actually made with hands or by means of hand held small tools. Handicrafts include products made of paper, textile, plant fibres, mud, fruits etc.

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    Handicrafts have their roots in rural crafts. Mostly these crafts have been in practices for centuries in a particular region. The community makes its living through these crafts. The creativity and skilfulness of the artisan is showcased in each product that he makes. There is no mass production, as creating a product with hand takes time. Each handicraft product is different. However, some people seem to steer away from handicrafts as they are more expensive than machine made goods.

    The modernization and mechanization of the economy was a big blow to the handicraft industry. The economic turnaround with low priced products had people clamouring for it. Many began to view handicraft as a backward form of production. Unlike the handicraft industry, machine made goods were similar. A large number of people discontinued their crafts looking for other employment for sustenance. It also led to large-scale urban migration.

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    Most people working in the handicraft sector work in tune with nature. Even today, they work out of their villages and practise environmental sustainability. Many of the handicraft products are artistic representation of images that the artisans see in their surroundings. Each handicraft has a story or an ideology attached to it.

    Today governments and other non-government organizations are recognizing the importance of handicrafts as a means of preserving the cultural and traditional heritage of their country and its regions. They are encouraging the export of handicraft items to spread the awareness of the unique culture of their country. They have initiated training programs, exhibitions, and awards to encourage and promote the handicraft industry. It helps to keep the art and practices intact.

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    Buying handicrafts helps to provide employment to a large number of artisans who know no other skill and are finding it difficult to make a living. It also helps to preserve many arts and skills that would otherwise be buried under the load of modern means of production. It is also a mean of eradicating poverty in many regions.

    Today buying handicrafts also helps in empowering womanhood. Traditionally women in most regions did not work or get into making handicrafts. They were relegated to work in the house when even men folk found it difficult to make a livelihood. This created utter poverty. Today organizations are teaching women groups in villages and remote areas to create handicrafts so that they can make a living and empower themselves.

    Buying handicrafts helps to promote talent and skills of various regions that would otherwise die off for the want of patrons. In spite of handicrafts being slightly expensive, people should be encouraged to buy them as these products represent the hard work and skill of artisans who help to keep the art and culture of the country alive. Promoting handicrafts offshore creates a medium for foreign earning as well.

  • The Origins of Thanjavur painting

    The Thanjavur painting is very different from the conventional picture that comes to your mind when you think of paintings. It is unique and breathtakingly beautiful in its concept. The vibrant colours, dense composition, and surface richness distinguish them from other kind of paintings. Just as the name, these paintings predominantly belong to the town of Thanjavur or Tanjore as it is called.

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    The Thanjavur painting originated in the Maratha courts of Thanjavur in the 16th to 17th century. The Chola rulers were great patrons of art. Raghunatha Nayaka set up the school of Thanjavur artists, where the Thanjavur paintings evolved. The paintings were patronised by the Maratha princes, Nayakas, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichy and Naidus of Madurai. The Thanjavur paintings at this time depicted the deities, rulers, and nobility of the community. They came in various sizes depending on the need of the patron. They were used to adorn the walls of the palaces. The paintings during that time were rooted in traditions and innovations were not encouraged. Very few paintings of the period exists today.

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    When the Maratha rule ended, the trading Chettiar community continued the patronage of the Thanjavur artists. They were staunch Shaivates, therefore encouraged Shaivite themes in the paintings.

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    The Thanjavur paintings have always involved dedicated labour. Usually the paintings depict god and goddesses. The figures in the paintings were quite large and rounded and, the faces cherubic and chubby.

    The twentieth century saw more experimentation in the Thanjavur paintings. The figures became more propionate and one could also see birds, animals and flowers in the painting which were not present in the earlier Thanjavur paintings. Much of these painting could be seen in the various temples being constructed at the time.

    Semi-precious stones, pearls, glass pieces, and wafer thin sheets of gold were used for adorning these paintings. This gave them a three dimensional effect and a unique touch. Earlier the paintings were done on wooden planks.  Much detailing and meticulous care gave the painting style its breath-taking character.

  • THE LEGENDS OF LORD GANESHA

    Lord Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom, knowledge, fine arts and worldly success. He is regarded as the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Parvati (Uma), their younger son being Kartikey. Lord Ganesha is treated with a lot of reverence and respect.

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    There are many stories in the Hindu mythology which tell how Lord Ganesha got the head of an elephant. Perhaps the most reliable story is the one taken from the Shiva Purana. According to it, Lord Ganesha was created by Parvati out of the turmeric paste (that she used for bathing) from her body and breathing life into it. She wanted to have someone as ardent and dependable for herself as Nandi (the bull) was to Shiva. So she created a boy and advocated him to be her loyal child. While going to bathe, she instructed the boy to guard the entrance of her house. He was told not to allow anyone inside. When Lord Shiva came to his house, he was stopped by the boy. On being stopped by a stranger, Lord Shiva got furious and after a long war, he succeeded in beheading him. Parvati, on learning this was aggravated and offended and decided to annihilate the entire creation. On being pleaded and persuaded by Lord Brahma, the Creator, she agreed to rehash her plan on the conditions that her son be brought back to life, and, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods. Lord Shiva acceded to Parvati’s conditions and ordered his servants (Gana) to bring the head of the first creature that they chance upon. They soon brought the head of an elephant which was placed onto Lord Ganesha’s body. Lord Shiva apologized for his haughtiness and announced that the brave boy was his son and that he should be respected like the other gods and should be worshipped before any other God. Lord Shiva, then gave him the name Ganesha, i.e. the chief of his attendants and also Vigneshwar; meaning the remover of all obstacles. After this, Lord Shiva and Parvati once again started living amicably at Mount Kailash in the Himalayas.

    Many years went by, one day Parashuram; a Brahmin warrior was stopped by Lord Ganesha who was guarding Lord Shiva. He felt offended and entered into a fight with Lord Ganesha. In order to stop Parashuram’s axe from hurting him, Lord Ganesha stopped it with his tusk; which broke as a result. After this Lord Ganesha came to be known as ‘ekadanta’, meaning the ‘one toothed’.

    Another story related to Lord Ganesha’s birth is that, once there lived a zealous devotee of Lord Shiva, who was a monster named Gajasura. He in return to his penance of many years, requested Lord Shiva to reside in his belly. His wish was granted. Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati became worried about his whereabouts and requested Lord Vishnu to help her in finding him. Lord Vishnu took Lord Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi, with him and set out in his search, disguised as a street player. When they reached Gajasura’s kingdom, Nandi (Lord Shiva’s bull) danced so well that the monster asked her for a boon. She immediately asked for Lord Shiva as her reward. Gajasura realized that he could not keep the Lord in his belly forever and so he granted Nandi’s wish and let Lord Shiva out of his stomach. In return Gajasura requested Lord Shiva to make him immortal so that people may remember him. So, Lord Shiva severed Gajasura’s head in order to free him from the cycle of life and death and carried the head with him to his home.

    Back home, on Mount Kailash, Parvati got to know about Lord Vishnu’s victory and her husband’s return. She went to take bath to be able to welcome her husband. There she created a doll like structure out of the dough she was to use for her bath and named it ‘Vinayak’, meaning the one who puts off the obstacles, so as to guard anyone from entering into the palace. When Lord Shiva came to the palace, he was stopped by Vinayak. Lord Shiva became furious and in his fit of fury he beheaded Vinayak. When Parvati got to know about the whole incident, she pleaded with Lord Shiva to bring him back to life. Lord Shiva had brought Gajasura’s head with him; so he put it on Vinayak’s body and the child got back to life. This day is called ‘Bhadrapad Chaturthi’, and Vinayak was blessed with the boon to be invoked before any auspicious occasion and be worshipped by the other gods.

    All the Gods requested Lord Shiva to provide them with a leader. So, in order to select the best one among his two sons, Lord Shiva conducted a test. Both the sons are asked to go round the earth thrice and the one who finished the task sooner than the other was to be made the leader of the Gods i.e. the Ganaadhipati. Wasting no time, the younger son, Kartik set off for the test. Lord Ganesha used his wisdom and instead of taking rounds of the earth, he respectfully paid obeisance to his parents and went round them thrice; explaining his action as valid because his parents encompass the whole universe, so by going around them he had gone around the whole universe rather than merely the earth! Everyone was amused and impressed by the wit and intelligence of Vinayak and therefore, he was declared the winner and the Supreme God of the universe and came to be known as Ganaadhish, Ganapati and Ganesh. Thus, all gods worship him.The devotees celebrate Ganesh chaturthi on the day Lord Ganesha was born with a lot of devotion and passion throughout the country. In fact, in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra the festival continues upto ten days.

    Lord Ganesha is regarded as the remover of disruption and disorder; it is therefore a tradition that marriage invitation cards have the portrait of Lord Ganesha over them, requesting him, in a way, to remove all the hurdles that may come in the way to disrupt the marriage ceremony. It is believed that the secrets of life management can be learned from him. The devotees of Ganapati often consider his elephant head as being indicative of his intelligence and dependability. The large ears are said to be for listening to people calling out to  him for help. His small eyes tell us to have a restrained and logical view about any issue. The long trunk, which is able to smell from even a distance, educates us to judge carefully and cautiously.

  • Top 10 architectural marvels of India

    There is no wonder why foreigners visit to India increases every day! India well known for her cultural heritage and massive wonders. India is filled with splendid and mind blowing architectural marvels. There are no doubt these architectural engineering excellences and brilliance of our ancients will make you question our modern knowledge on architecture.

    The ages of these buildings dates back around 1000 years and more and still stands strong without failing to delight our eyes.

    Here we have listed top 10 exclusive architectural marvels of India which includes temples, fort, Palace. Let’s start our tour to most prestigious and outstanding marvels of India!

    Brihadeeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu

    The Brihadeeswarar Temple, Shiva Temple, built during Chola Dynasty by the emperor Raja Raja Chola I.  It ispopularly known as “Thanjai periya kovil” which literally means “Big Temple of Thanjavur”, is one of the largest temples in India and known to be one of India’s most prized architectural sites to visit. This temple celebrates its 1015 birthday in 2015!This temple is the first building fully built by granite and finished within 5 years. This implies the architect engineers during Chola Dynasty were not only excelling in architect but also faster.

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    Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Madurai

    Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, a national monument, was builtin 17th century 1636 AD during Madurai’s Nayaka dynasty by King Thirumalai Nayak. It is a classic combination of Dravidian and Islamic style of architecture. Thegrandest Palace of south is famous for its gigantic pillars whichHeight is 82 feet and width is 19 feet. Many parts of this palace got ruined and today we get to see entrance gate, The Main Hall, and the Dance hall. The original Palace complex was four times bigger than the present structure.

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    Ruins of Hampi, Karnataka

    Ruins of Hampi, one of the UNESCO protected heritage site, was the former capital of famous Vijaynagar Empire and now a delightful tourists spot. Hampi includes various Hindu temples known Achyutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Chandramauleshwara Temple and Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple speaks ancient style of architecture. It is greatly advised not to wander around Hampi because you likely to be get lost in its mysteries!

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    Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

    Sun temple built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, it is known for its exquisite wall designs and its magnificent representation of Sun God.  It is one of famous temples of Orissa, a most stunning monument of religious architecture in world! The entire temple was designed in the shape of solar chariot with 12 pairs of exquisitely-ornamented wheels dragged by 7 rearing horses. Sun Temple exhibits more balanced architectural design.

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    Nalanda University, Bihar

    Nalanda University is the second oldest University in India built in the 5th century by Gupta Rulers. Found by Buddhist monks around 2500 years ago. It was about 88 km away from Patna. The university covers 14 hectares, includes 10 temples. The architectural design and planning of this massive university is astonishing and stunning. It is an interesting historical fact that the great library of Nalanda University took 3 months to burn down.It attracted scholars from all over the world, even today tourists visits the ruins of this majestic site.

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    Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

    Ajanta caves are a set of 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments.  It dates back to 2nd century BCE is the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting per the Archaeological survey of India. The cave served as a place for living, education, and worship for many ancient Buddhist monks. It is one of the UNESCO protected world heritage sites.

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    Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri

    Buland Darwaza, the world’s greatest gateway, literally means “Gate of Magnificence” was built in 1601 AD by the great Mughal Monarch Akbar in order to celebrate his victory over Gujarat. It is 40 meters in elevation and 35 meters in width. Red sandstone and white marble were used to build this gateway. The decorations and carvings on white marble is known for their calligraphy and echo religiously liberals thoughts of ‘Akbar the Great’

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    Lake Palace, Udaipur

    Lake Palace built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1746. It got its name as it located right middle of Pichola Lake. It is considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world for its sight with amusing Aravalli Hills. Now it is called as Taj Lake Palace as it is took over by Taj Groups. It has 83 rooms featuring with white marble walls.

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    Taj Mahal, Aagra

    There been lots of stories tied with existence of Taj Mahal, whatever the truth behind Taj Mahal we should admit that it must be honored and preserved for its famous architectural elegance and beauty. Taj Mahal, white marble mausoleum, built in 1653 Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra.

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    Lotus Temple, New Delhi

    Lotus Temple since its inauguration to public has drawn 70 million visitors and become one of the most visited tourists site in the world. It is Bahai’s Temple constructed in the shape of lotus, a common religious symbol for Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Jainism. The purpose of this temple is to unite all the races and religions in one common faith.

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