Posts Tagged History

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

Enigmatic Konark

Poet Rabindranath Tagore said about Konark, ‘‘Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.’’ There can’t be any doubt about it. Today this magnificent replica of Sun God’s chariot is in a bad shape, deteriorating daily, unable to resist the devastating rigors of time. It is an unfortunate fact that Konark is a… 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

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

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