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  • Surprise your beloved with traditional pith work Tajmahal

    For over decades, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal has been depicted as the epitome of love to the earnest lovers. This epitome of love was build with white marbles by the River Yamuna as an ode to Mumtaz the deceased wife of the emperor Shah Jahan. Built and supervised by the emperor’s best architect named Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, this masterpiece boasts of intricate craftsmanship for which people from all over the world gather here to celebrate the spirit of love.

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    For a lover and his beloved, the Taj Mahal is a vivid example of expression of love and hence, gifting a miniature model of Taj Mahal built of wood, fiber or stone is quite popular. The Tamil Nadu Poompuhar is one of the leading craft industries, which specializes in Taj Mahal models in Pith work.

    Take a souvenir after visiting the Taj Mahal

    After being a witness to this architectural marvel, the definition of love is changed to the lovers out there. While Shah Jahan had the lavish treasure to spend around 32 million at that era to build the Taj Mahal, you can take a souvenir of this wonder to gift your beloved. No matter if you could not experience the magic of Taj with your lover; you can still give him the essence of Taj through the pith work Taj Mahal, which is crafted to perfection.

    The Pith work Taj Mahal –Why It Is Special

    The intricate detailing of the Taj Mahal is beautifully depicted through the carving on Pith. Now, what is Pith? Pith is collected from the Netti Plant, an aquatic reed growing in marshlands, tanks, inlakes etc. The soft and spongy parenchyma cells of the roots and stems of the reeds are dried and made solid before incorporating it to make this masterpiece, which looks nothing less than the actual Taj Mahal, only smaller!

    The model is encased in glass frame on a thick base. The whole package is not so huge, neither too small. Moreover, handling is convenient as it weighs only 0.30 kilograms. The full dimension in inches is designed as 4 x 6 x 6. With an affordable cost of just INR 375, anyone can buy it for their beloved to reciprocate their feelings.

    Your Interior Will Get a New Dimension

    With the traditional artwork of the experienced artists from the Puhar or Poompuhar village in Tamil Nadu, this handicraft industry has spread these miniature epitomes of love to various corners of India. So whenever you visit any Poompuhar store, make sure to check this pith work Taj Mahal. This is quite unique as most miniatures are made of either stone or hard plastic or clay. Pith is light, yet with its light yellowish tint, it looks sober. Keeping it on the center table or on a wall rack or on a shelf will make your home interior look different and attractive.

    Undertaken by the Tamil Nadu government, Poompuhar seeks to promote the traditional artworks of the artists who visited different corners of India to provide you the perfectly crafted decors to gift your loved ones.

  • Must-visit Places in Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu

    Every part of India has something unique to offer to its visitors, and the plush beauty of South India in no exception. If you are planning a trip to Tami Nadu, then the city of Poompuhar is where you desire for nature as well as history will be satiated. The place is quite famous because of its rich culture and traditions still being preserved by the natives.

    Following are the places that any visitor to Poompuhar cannot afford to miss:

    • Silappathikara Art Gallery: The art gallery is well renowned owing to the awe-inspiring structures that add to its grandeur. At the entrance of the building stands “Magara Thoranavayi” which is 22.5 ft in height. Sculptors from Mamallapuram Art College have carved most of the structures here. The gallery comprises seven stores with the first storeseing 12ft in height while the rest of the stories are 5ft each. It has Kalasams of 8ft which takes the overall height of the gallery to 50ft.
    • Danish Fort:

    The fort was erected in 1620 AD in the Danish architectural style. The walls of the fort bear beautiful carvings and decorations.  A Museum has also been added to the fort by Tamil Nadu Archaeological Dept. which takes care of this structure. Entry to the fort is free of cost.

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    •  Zion Church:

    Among the most popular pilgrimage places in Poompuhar, Zion Church is the one visited by the people of almost every religion. It was built in the year 1701 by the Danish community. It has also received care from the British Government for its renovation from 1782 to 1784. Just like the Danish Fort, Zion Church also has architecture and carvings in the Danish style.

    • Town Gateway

    This historic structure was constructed in 1792 and its construction is quite similar to the gateways that existed in Europe during the era of renaissance. Though the gateway was built by British Government, it bears the Danish style of architecture because Danish architects were hired to design it. No entry fee is charged form the visitors.

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    • Masilamani Nathar Koil

    Masilamani Nathar Koil is an ancient temple in Poompuhar. Maravarma Kulasekara Pandiyan ordered the construction of the temple in 1305. The beauty and grandeur of this temple lies in its ancient architectural style. Natural calamities have somewhat damaged the façade of the temple due to which religious activities are no longer practiced here.

  • 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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