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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.

  • 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.


    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.


    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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  • Taj Mahal: The Epitome of Love

    Considered as one of the most famous buildings of the world, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. It took 22 years to build the monument and Shah Jahan employed more than 20000 workers to build this beautiful place. The monument always features as  the top tourist spot for India and is loved by foreigners from different countries. The monument is also right next to the Yamuna River and is one of the best examples of Islamic architecture. This monument was constructed by Shah Jahan for the love he had for his wife. The monument is a white marble structure in Agra .It was designed by Ustad Ahmad Ali, one of the best architects of that time. The monument is called the ‘jewel of Muslim art’ and one of the finest buildings made during the Mughal times. This sprawling monument is beautifully furnished inside. This is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is said that the monument was built because Shah Jahan was not able to get over the death of his wife and wanted to create something that was extremely marvelous and yes, he accomplished it. Inside the building is the tomb of both Shah Jahan and his wife. There are three beautifully built monuments around the Taj Mahal which do not equal it in its beauty but certainly add to its grandeur. It is also said that viewing the sunrise in Taj Mahal is a blissful experience. Tourists are allowed to take pictures outside but photographs are strictly prohibited inside, where the mausoleum is. In case, you are a tourist and you think you needn’t visit the place because you know the building already thanks to the pictures and information available about it, you are mistaken because even photography doesn’t do justice to this exotic and mesmerizing monument. The tickets to this monument are priced at 750 rupees for foreign tourists, which is the highest ticket in India for any tourist spot. These charges of course don’t apply to the residents of the country.


    Taj Mahal in Indian handicrafts 

    Because it is such an adored monument, its designs and models are remade in pith work. Though paintings, home décor items and posters have Taj Mahal as a model, it is mostly found in pith work. In a pith work, the building is reproduced in the same way. Want a Taj Mahal in pith work? We have it here right at Poompuhar.These beautiful home décor items will add an arty look to your house. This form of art was initiated thanks to the efforts taken by the artisans who actually visited these places and took note of the monument and its detailing.


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