Posts Tagged Archaeology

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

Barabar : Earliest Rockcut Architecture in India

  ‘‘Mystery is the message—just the effort to interpret is hope, just the trial and error.’’—Christopher Woodman Barabar Caves are believed to be the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India. Historians are sanguine that Barabar caves represent the beginnings of the tradition of rock-cut architecture in India. These caves mostly date from the Maurya Empire… Read More

Magnificent Yakshi : Reflection of Truly Incredible India

The Didarganj Yakshi (दीदारगंज यक्षिणी) or Didarganj Chauri Bearer (दीदारगंज चामरधारिणी यक्षिणी) is probably the star attraction at the Patna Museum. This famous sculpture is considered as one of the finest examples of Mauryan art. This life-sized (5’4″ tall) beautiful sculpture is carved out of a single piece of Chunar sandstone. A well polished surface… Read More

Bishnupur : The Terracotta Temple Town

Bishnupur literally means ‘city of lord Vishnu’. Bishnupur is located 132 km from Kolkata and it is the headquarters of the Bishnupur subdivision of Bankura district (WB). The Rajas of Bishnupur were known as ‘Malla’ and their kingdom ‘Mallabhom’ (মল্লভূম). ‘Malla’ means ‘strongman’ or ‘wrestler’. The patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir and his successors… 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