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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Indian Monuments - 02

Charminar
The Charminar is a massive arch building by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shahi, in 1591 to commemorate the end of the plague in the Hyderabad City. The symbol of the city, the Charminar is an impressive square monument with four minarets.The arch is illuminated daily in the evening, an unforgettable sight indeed. The monument is a magnificent square edifice of granite, build upon four grand arches facing North, South, East and West. These arches supports two floors of rooms and gallery of archways. At each corner of the square structure is a minaret rising to a height of 24 meters, making the building nearly 54 meters tall. It is these four (char) minarets (minar) that give the building, its name 'Charminar'. Each minar stands on a lotus-leaf base, a special recurrent motif in Qutab Shahi buildings.

Buddhist Monuments
Sanchi, also known as Kakanaya, Kakanava, Kakanadabota and Bota Sriparvata in ancient times is situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a religious place with historic and archaeological significance. Sanchi is famous for stupas, monolithic Ashoka pillar, temples, monasteries and sculptural wealth dating from 3rd century B.C to 12th century A.D.

Elephanta Caves
Elephanta, anciently known as Gharapuri, the island capital of Konkan Mauryas is celebrated for its colossal image of Mahesamurti with three heads each representing a different form.The Elephanta Caves serve as a great tourist attraction in the vicinity of the large Mumbai metropolis. The Elephanta island is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India at Mumbai in Maharastra. The cave temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was excavated sometime in the 8th century by the Rashtrakuta kings, who ruled the area between A.D 757 - 973.

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