Akshardham, Delhi

Akshardham Temple is a marvel of architecture that is unfolding the cultural legacy of 10,000 years. The construction of this grand structure took around 5 laborious years. Today, this imposing structure, standing on the banks of serene Yamuna River near Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi, attracts millions of tourists and devotees to its doorstep. In Nov’ 2005, Akshardham Mandir was inaugurated by Dr. Abdul Kalam, the honorable President and Mr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India.

The term ‘Akshardham’ is derived from two words ‘Akshar’ and ‘Dham’, where ‘Akshar’ means the eternal and ‘dham’ means ‘abode’. Consequently, Akshardham means the abode of the divine, the eternal. It is actually the abode of eternal values, principles and virtues that are mentioned in the scriptures (Vedas, Puranas) of the Hindu mythology. Within the temple, the 11 feet high gilded image of Bhagwan Swami Narayan appears mesmerizing to the beholder. The image is encircled by the preachers (gurus) of the cult.

Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Jain temples are known for extraordinary architectural design and stone carvings. Mount Abu is a famous Hill Station in Rajasthan, a state known for its deserts and hot weather. Just two and a half km from this town is a Jain Temple built in the 11th to 13th centuries. The marble carvings are elegant everywhere, be it on pillars or in doorways. The ceiling of this temple is unique and example of the superb skills in stone carvings at that time.

 

 

The Taj Mahal: A Shrine To Love

I’ve probably known about the Taj Mahal since I was seven years old; it’s one of those iconic monuments whose form is burned into your world imagery at childhood. I never really considered actually seeing it, until I planned this trip to Asia. Of course, if I was going to India, I’d go to the Taj Mahal – you have to right?

Yes, you have to.

My travel mates and I were actually more willing to skip the Taj than you might imagine. The draw of the classic “sightseeing” destination is not particularly strong for me, or my friends, for whatever reason. I don’t travel to “say I’ve been there” or show people pictures of myself in front of some monument (sorry, let me just dismount from my high-horse real quick). But seriously, the Taj Mahal is one of those works of genius that when you actually experience it in person you finally get it.

Indian Natural Stones: History

Indian stones have an eminent history of 4000 years. Since aged times, Indians have been utilizing stones for development of different structures, for example, homes, structures, statues, open showcases and then some. There are loads of diverse sorts of stones which are accessible all through India. Fundamentally, the sort of stones which are utilized as a part of a specific geology essentially relies on upon the kind of soil and air which is pervasive in that particular zone. The absolute most acclaimed stones which are usually utilized as a part of India are: Granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, slate and quartzite. Indian Natural Stones floor supplier is an element who gives great stones to different purposes. They are spotted in territories, for example, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

India has been utilizing stones the length of 3200 BC. History specialists and archaeologists have discovered structures and structures spread over Indus valley human progress and Harappa civilization, alongside the tremendous Gangatic cinch and mountains. Our ancestors were specialists in figuring out the air of the stones, and afterward accordingly advancement of these stones lastly legitimate execution by utilizing them as development materials. Amid those times, when there were no stone slicing apparatuses to appropriately re-size the stones, Indians utilized unique measurement stones to manufacture a percentage of the renowned structures, for example, sanctuaries, exhibition halls and open showers. Measurement stones are uncommon stones which have re-sized and/or cut into exactness for accurate and particular utilization.

One of the best samples of use of Indian natural stones is the grand Taj Mahal at Agra. Hailed as India’s most prominent structural engineering, Taj Mahal is the most gone to visitor area in the entire Asia. Marble, which is an Indian regular stone, had been utilized to build Taj Mahal and a few other contemporary structures, which have withstood the test of time and still stand high to portray the strength and excellence of these stones. A portion of alternate marvels of Indian stone incorporate the celebrated Khajuraho sanctuaries, Ajanta, Ellora Cave sanctuaries, Dilwara sanctuary, Konark Temple and so on. All these structures have been developed utilizing a portion of the other mixed bag of Indian stones, and are great in excellence and brilliance.