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  • Famous Forts of India

    India is a land of rich cultural history and architecture. To experience it one must see the majestic palaces and forts built by royal kingdoms of India. Forts were built to guard off enemies in the past. Whole of India is dotted with breathtaking forts of different sizes and types. Everything in a fort, from window to porch to bastion to courtyard and even the outer wall recounts some historic tale. Constructed with an extreme sense of finesse and ability, one cannot stop falling in love with these outstanding pieces of architecture that India feel so proud of. Here is a list of few popular and marvelous forts of India:

    1. Mehragarh Fort, Jodhpur

    An elevated platform and thick boundaries make the Mehragarh Fort of Jodhpur as one of the largest forts in India. The magnificent fort has 7 huge gates, one of which still has a distinct cannonball imprint that signifies the wars of the past. Inside, lies a big museum which documents the rich history of the rulers of that time which is exhibited mainly in the form of paintings, dresses, ammunition etc.

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    1. Red Fort ,Delhi

    Red Fort (or Lal Quila) is an apex of Mughal art and the most popular monument in the capital city of India. It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna and was built by Shahjahan.  Carved with only red sandstones, red fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most well preserved and massive forts of India. The fort reflects Islamic sense of architecture with splendid Persian motifs and carvings.

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    1. Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

    Gwalior fort is known to be ruled by 110 rulers of different dynasties. Gwalior fort is believed to have witnessed some great historical events where Tantya Tope fought with the British army and Rani Lakshmi Bai took her last breath. The dramatic Jain sculptures, ceramic tiles, attractive motifs and intricate lattice work make the Gwalior fort a very unique monument of India.

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    1. Amer Fort

    Amer Fort is located in Amer which falls between Delhi and Rajasthan and is therefore known as Gateway to Rajasthan. This huge fort is built on top of Cheel ka Teela (Eagle’s hill) amongst Aravali hill range and is never known to be conquered by any ruler. The major attractions of Amer Fort are Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, the Summer Residence and Sila Mata Temple. The intricately carved and beautifully painted palaces inside the fort, gardens, rooms and terraces reflect the rich culture of India and artisan’s hard work. Built by Raja Man Singh, Amer fort represents a distinct blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

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    1. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

    Golconda was basically a mine from which precious gemstones of the world were believed to be mined. The fort reflects the richest histories and traditions of India. The unique domes, entrances, pillars of fort are surrounded by 10 kilometer long boundary wall. The fort renders an acoustic affect where a clap at the entrance of The Fateh Darwaza can be heard a kilometer away at Bala Hisar pavilion.

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    1. Red fort, Agra

    The huge Agra fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 15th century. Agra Fort is spread over an area of about 94 acres and has believed to witness a number of Indian wars and battles. Diwan e khas, diwan e aam, khas mahal, shish mahal, and an octagonal burj are some of the most aesthetically designed complexes inside Red fort. It is believed that Shahjahan died in the marvelous balcony of the octagonal burj only, when he was held captive by his son Aurangzeb.

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    1. Chittoragarh fort, Rajasthan

    Chittoragarh fort of Rajasthan is a World Heritage Site and is located 175 kilometers east of Udaipur. The fort has two uniquely designed pillars, the Kirti Stambh and the Vijay Stambh, reflecting the ultimate art and finesse of the artisan. With about twenty pools, nineteen temples and four palaces, Chittoragarh fort leaves you spell bound by its unique architectural beauty.

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  • Huge Bronze statues on display exclusively at Poompuhar outlet

    Bronze statues are known for their strength and ductility (lack of brittleness). Made up of copper and tin they are used in making statues, reliefs and figurines. Bronze items are always appealing and captivating to the eyes of the beholder. Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation limited is displaying three huge new bronze statues welcoming guests and customers, at its Poompuhar outlet in Chennai. Speaking of the history and tradition of India, the exquisitely tall bronze statues from Poompuhar will make you ponder over the history of India and render you speechless. The tallest one representing Lord Ganesha, is from Swamimalai and measures seven feet in length and weigh more than a ton. The incredibly tall bronze statues are usually uncommon to be seen for sale in the city. The other two statues at the outlet represent Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswathi and are 5.5 feet tall. Earlier the statues never used to be so tall. This is the first time Poompuhar artisans have shown their exemplary sense of art and perseverance in constructing these new and magnificent bronze statues.

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    Swamimalai is a small town near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu and lies on the banks of river Cauvery approximately 250 km from Chennai. The region specializes in constructing bronze statues and idols of various Gods and Goddesses. Because of the extraordinary sense of artisanship and finesse not only in Indi a, bronze statues from here are in great demand overseas also.

    Our craftsmen at Poompuhar excel in manufacturing all types of bronze statues according to Shilpa Shastra for temples. The only aim of our artisan is to put the essence of Indian Art and culture in their handicrafts and bring them forward to the forefront of the world. In a zest to achieve the goal, they have worked hard for around 3 months to make these huge bronze statues today. Each of the statue cost around Rs 70 lakh.

    The exceptionally beautiful and tall bronze statues are usually available at Poompuhar outlet in Chennai and sometimes brought from Swamimalai to Chennai, as per the demand of customers. The main customers for these statues are from temple and corporate world. Apart from the huge bronze statues Poompuhar also takes pride in its elegant collection of a number of other bronze items online. If you are looking to gift something memorable to your loved one, pay a visit to our Poompuhar outlet or log on to the website for more beautiful and cost effective bronze products.

  • Poompuhar enters its 44th year since Inception

    Poompuhar has entered its 44th year since inception under the leadership Dr Santosh Babu IAS, a man whose firm belief in the marriage of technology and tradition has taken the organization to new heights. To mark the occasion, Dr Santosh Babu has envisioned a target of Rs 45 crore - a step ahead of the Rs 30.87 crore it netted in 2013-14.

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    Poompuhar began as a traditional brick and mortar shop that sold handcrafted products such as idols, wall hangings, Thanjavur paintings, pots, lamps, etc produced by Indian artisans through its retail stores and exhibitions conducted in various parts of the country. However, this changed in the last few years when it launched its online shopping portal in addition to the conventional mediums of selling, which gave consumers the comfort of shopping authentic Indian handicrafts from their homes. Naturally, the portal received a good response as people got to know about it through the organisation’s social media pages. Products were also made available through popular e-commerce websites such as Snapdeal, Flipkart, Shopclues, Crafts villa and India Mart. A couple of years ago, the company installed a 3D printing facility for miniature idols to bring in new design ideas and provide better access to its artisans.

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    The CMD of Poompuhar, Dr Santosh Babu is a firm believer in the power of technology and the importance of good governance, which was evident when in January this year, Poompuhar was felicitated with National e-Governance Silver Award for the year 2016-17 for the way it transformed the department using Information Technology.

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