Posts Tagged architectural

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

Mysterious Kailashnath Temple : A Photo Essay

‘‘Its excellence is beyond the power of description.’’— Pandit Bisheshwar Nath in his book ‘The History of the Rashtrakutas’ about the Kailashnath Temple ‘‘The Kailasa Temple, it is safe to say, is one of the most astonishing ‘buildings’ in the history of architecture.’’—G.E. Kidder Smith, American architectural writer and photographer, in ‘Looking at Architecture’ Younger… Read More

Mahabalipuram : Arjuna’s Penance or the Descent of Ganga

Mahabalipuram is a lot more than the famous Shore temple. It has many monolithic temples, Chariot-shaped structures sculpted out of huge stones and some astonishing open-air bas-reliefs. Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram was the second capital of Pallava kings Mahendravarman I (600–630 AD) and his son Narasimhavarman I (630–668 AD). They were not only great warriors, but… Read More