Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gandhi Smriti

Gandhi Smriti which is housed in the Old Birla House on 5, Tees January Marg, New Delhi, is the place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic Life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. Thus, the hallowed house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life. The Old Birla House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and was converted into a National Memorial of the Father of the Nation and was opened to the public on August 15, 1973.

Gandhi Smriti
                                                                      Birla house
                                                      This is where Gandhiji used to sit

                                                 You can see the foot steps of Gandhiji

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Surya Mandir

Surya Mandir(Sun temple) is one of the tourist attractions in Gwalior. It was constructed in 1988 by G.D. Birla.




It is influenced by the famous sun temple at Konark in Orissa. The 
Temple has a beautiful sculpture of Lord Surya.




                                                





Jai Vilas Palace


Built by Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia, Jai Vilas palace is the current residence of Royal Scindia family with around 35 rooms being converted into Scindia Museum. It is one of the main attractions in Gwalior.


Silver chariot

Carpet
This carpet is supposed to be Asia's largest single carpet.

Chandelier

Chandeliers
These Belgian Chandeliers weigh 3.5 tonnes each and are the biggest pair of chandeliers in Asia.

Footwear of Maharani Chinku Devi

Some Royal outfits of Maharanis






Gwalior fort and palace

Gwalior fort is one of the biggest forts in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
It was built in two parts: the main fort, Gurjari Mahal and Man Mandir Palace.The first part was built during early Tomar rule whereas Gurjari mahal and palace were built by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century.

View of Gwalior city from the fort

Man Mandir palace is a testimony to the Rajput culture way back  in the medieval period. It houses luxury rooms for the Raja and queens, music halls, jauhar pond, an underground dungeon where the prisoners would be held captive during the Mughal era.


Finely carved roof

Jauhar Kund








Friday, August 9, 2013

Somnathpura

Karnataka is rightly called the cradle of stone architecture by historians.Somnathpur temple is a testimony to this.The construction of the Chennakeshava temple, the one dedicated to lord Keshava was started by Somanatha, a high-ranking officer under Hoysala king Narasimha III(1254-1291 AD)      

                                                   Historical facts inscribed on stone



                                                            See the intricate pattern



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shravasti

Shravasti is one of the important site for Buddhist as well as Jain pilgrimage.
Saheth:
Saheth is a cluster of shrines situated in the middle of Sravasti and covers an area of around 32 sq. km.  This was the site of the Jetavana monastery.
                                                          Temple 2
Temple 2 is believed to stand on the spot of the original edifice called Gandhakuti. Built by Ananthapindika, it is one of the most famous edifices in Jetavana, having been hallowed by the personal use of  Buddha.

Sobhanath Temple:
It is believed to be the birthplace of Jain Tirthankar Sambhavnath. It is revered by Jain pilgrims.

                                                        Sobhanath Temple

Double Stupa and Bodhi-tree:

                                                             Bodhi tree
Pakki Kuti:
This is an excavated remains of a stupa. It is identified with the stupa of Angulimala( the murderer with chain of thumbs round his neck who got converted to Buddhism after an encounter with Buddha)



Kachchi Kuti:
It is the most important excavated structure situated in Maheth. It is identified with the stupa of Ananthapindika. It is known as Kachchi Kuti in the view of the fact that a sadhu made temporary shrine of kachchi bricks on the top of this structure.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kapilvastu


Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha spent the early years of his life.

Important sites include Piprawaha Stupa and Palace.

Piprahwa Stupa:


                                                     Piprahwa stupa

This stupa was excavated in 1898 by W.C. Peppe. This Excavation revealed a massive sandstone coffer containing valuables and other objects, including a casket bearing an inscription, deciphered as sukiti bhatinam sa-bhaginikanam sa-putadalnam iyam salila nidhane Budhas bhagvate sakiyanam.On the basis of this inscription it is opined that the Piprahwa stupa housed the bone relics of Lord Buddha.

Palace site:
Excavations carried out by Dr. K.M. Srivastava indicated the ruins of the palace of King Shuddhodhan, the father of Prince Gautam (Lord Buddha). It is said to be the place where Lord Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life.



Ayodhya

Amidst tight security, we got an opportunity to have darshan in Ram mandir. Except the idols though hardly any structure stands out at the site, one still feels blessed for having darshan. Since no elecronic gadgets are allowed in the campus, could not capture anything. Only in Kanak Bhavan, we could do.

                                                                    Kanak Bhavan


It is believed that Rani Kaikey built this bhavan for Sita and it has been subsequently restored time and again by various kings.
The bhavan also has statues of Lord Ram and Sita in the inner sanctum. Apart from being embellished with gold ornaments, the images also wear gold crowns. Moreover there is a plague written on the outer wall of the temple, which states that there were many palaces on this site since the Treta Yuga.  

Gorakhnath Temple


This is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Gorakhpur. It is believed that Mahayogi Guru Gorakshnath performed penace here, where the magnificent temple has been built now. 

This temple built in 12th century houses many small temples. The temple premises is spread over about 52 acres. The main temple is rectangular in shape with a huge hall. In the sanctum of the temple, idol of Guru Gorakshnath in meditation posture is seated on the white marble platform.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Kushinagar

Kushinagar is the place where Buddha breathed his last and attained parinirvana on the full moon day of the Vaishakha month.


                                                               Mahaparinirvana temple
The Mahaparinirvana temple is most famous in Kushinagar as it has a 6 meters long reclining statue of Buddha lying on his right side facing the west representing the image of Buddha leaving his soul or attaining Nirvana

                                              Statue of Buddha inside Mahaparinirvana temple