Posts Tagged Archaeological

Falaknuma Palace : The Crown of Hyderabad

Fabulous was the first word to strike me as soon we crossed the main gate and entered the palace complex. It is a magnificent white-and-grey edifice, captivating, one of the finest royal residences exhibiting the luxurious lifestyle of the Nizams and a part of the fascinating heritage of Hyderabad and India. Spread over 32 acres,… Read More

Chowmahalla Palace : A Piece of Restored History

Modern Hyderabad is a fast paced, sprawling and high-tech city, very different from the languid paced times of Nizams, but traces of the gracious and aristocratic culture with which this ‘pearl city of India’ is associated are easily visible. Older parts of the city still preserves the old-world charm and houses some exquisite historical monuments…. Read More

The Panch Rathas of Mahabalipuram

Confucius said, ‘‘Study the past, if you would define the future.’’ Heritage and architectural wonders from our past make us unique. Historical structures bring character and certain charm to the place and people associated. My travels and interaction with local people have always rejuvenated me and I seldom felt tired. Trip to Mahabalipuram was no… Read More

Mahabalipuram : The Elegantly Beautiful Shore Temple

The two-towered Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram stands elegantly overlooking the Bay of Bengal. This shining symbol of the glorious Pallava architecture, surrounded by a great open area and some ruined courts. The tiny town of Mahabalipuram, situated on the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal—in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu—is known by several names… Read More

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai : Revival of a Wonderland

‘‘Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.’’—Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate Collection of objects is a natural human instinct because we are materialistic and curious by nature. Everybody collects something. Aristocrats and moneybags collect for their love of art or to satisfy their ego. Historically, the beginning of collecting various objects of art… Read More

The Mausoleum of Sher Shah Suri

‘‘Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.’’—Joseph Joubert, French moralist and essayist Sasaram (सासाराम)—a bustling city 160km south-west of state capital Patna—is famous for production of stone chips, and for quarrying industry. The town is situated on the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway 2). It is the headquarter of Rohtas district. The… Read More

Kawa-Dol : The Abandoned Heritage

‘‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’’—Marcus Garvey Imagine a fifteen centuries old place of historical and religious importance with potential to be a popular tourist attraction willfully neglected. I am sure quite a few such destinations exist in different corners of the country,… Read More

Buddha’s Holy Relics at Patna Museum

“The Heart-mantra of Dependent Origination (rten-‘brel snying-po [རྟེན་འབྲེལ་སྙིང་པོ]), which liberates the enduring continuum of phenomena and induces the appearance of multiplying relics (‘phel-gdung [འཕེལ་གདུང་] and rainbow lights’’, is: [OṂ] YE DHARMĀ HETUPRABHAVĀ HETUN TEṢĀṂ TATHĀGATO HY AVADAT TEṢĀṂ CA YO NIRODHO EVAṂ VĀDI MAHĀŚRAMAṆAḤ [YE SVĀHĀ] (‘Whatever events arise from a cause, the Tathagāta [Buddha,… Read More

Maluti : A Truly World Heritage Village

Some FB posts were my first introduction to Maluti. A friend had posted some pictures with a brief introduction. A Google search fetched further information. Jharkhand showcased the Maluti temples in its official tableau during the Republic Day parade of 2015. This was another impetus for me to visit Maluti. Maluti (also Malooti, मालुटी, মলূঢি)… Read More