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Buddhist Mudras, Hand Gestures and their Meaning

Mar 30, 2018
The symbolic gestures (Mudras) through iconography of Buddha image to evoke particular ideas during Buddhist meditation or rituals. In Indian sculptural art, images are the symbolic representations of divinity whose origin and end is expressed through the religious and spiritual beliefs.

Holi: The Festival of Life

Feb 28, 2018
Entire country wears a cheerful look when it is time for Holi festivity. Market places get abuzz with bustles as frenzied shoppers start making provisions for the festival.

10 Amazing facts about Akshardham Temple in Delhi

Feb 3, 2018
Akshardham Temple is located in New Delhi. It is also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and is one of the India's largest Hindu temple complexes. The temple was officially inaugurated on 6 November, 2005. This article deals with 10 amazing facts about Akshardham temple which not only surprise you but also gives knowledge about its history.

Interesting facts about India Gate

Dec 27, 2017
India has been a land of architectural marvels because it has deep roots in its history, culture and religion. India Gate is one of the examples of Indian architectural marvel. It is the world's largest war memorial which was built in the 21st century. Here, we are giving some interesting facts about India Gate, which will enhance the general awareness of the readers on the architectural glory of India.

Symbols of Christmas: Blast of celebration

Dec 4, 2017
Merry, merry Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!". Whenever we have thought in the back of the mind about the Christmas, we get a clear picture of the decoration of Christmas, melodies of Christmas Carol, Candles, Santa Claus, and Christmas tree and have a blast of celebration. But we never think why it became reason for celebration.

The History of the Indian Currency Notes and its Evolution

Nov 30, 2017
The origin of the word “Rupee” is from Sanskrit word Rupya which means shaped, stamped, impressed, coin and also from the Sanskrit word “raupya” which means silver. There was a long history of struggle, exploration and wealth which can be traced back to the ancient India of the 6th Century BC regarding rupee. The Paper Currency Act of 1861 gave the Government the monopoly of note issued throughout the vast expanse of British India.

List of Temples Built during the Chola Period

Oct 26, 2017
The Chola rulers were not only mighty conquerors and great administrators, but also great builders. They were great patrons of art; during their reign, the most magnificent temples and exquisite bronze icons were created in South India. These temples of Southern India represent an outstanding creative achievement in the architectural conception of the pure form of the Dravida type of temple which are now known as the "Great Living Chola Temples".Here, we are giving the list of temples built during the Chola Period for general awareness.

Bharat Ratna Award: List of recipients

Sep 22, 2017
‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian Award of the country, was instituted in the year 1954. Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for these awards. It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. Here, we are giving the list of recipients of Bharat Ratna for general awareness.

All about World’s Only Hanging Monastery

Aug 3, 2017
The World’s Only Hanging Monastery i.e. Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery or Xuankong Temple is situated near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Datong City, Shanxi province, China. It was built around 1500 years ago under the reign of the Wei Dynasty. Here, we are giving some Amazing Fact about the World’s Only Hanging Monastery for general awareness (GK).

Architectural Landmarks of the Sultanate Period: A Detailed Account

Mar 27, 2017
The architecture of the Sultanate Period manifested the aesthetic heritage of new sultans which include both religious and secular structures i.e. Indo-Islamic architecture. For Example- The dome is the prominent feature of the mosque in contrast to the Sikhar of Hindu temples. Here, we are giving an account of the architectural landmarks of the Sultanate period in which we have covered the name of builder, location and the characteristics of architecture.

Mauryan Empire: Art and Architecture

Mar 23, 2017
Mauryan rule marks an important phase in our cultural history. Mainly in the period of Ashoka, the art and architecture was at its zenith and fall within the category of court art. Ashoka embraced Buddhism and the immense Buddhist missionary activities that followed encouraged the development of distinct sculptural and architectural styles. Let us find out various art and architecture of Mauryan period which had connected to the lives, activities and patronage of ordinary people.

List of important Sultanate Literary Works

Mar 17, 2017
The Sultans of India are perfectly autocrat unchecked by any restrictions and his word was law. The real source of the sultan’s authority was military strength. Various musicians and author stayed in the Sultans court who had written various books in which they have described about their administration, works, reforms, organisations, etc

Architectural Development during Delhi Sultanate Era

Mar 17, 2017
Art and architecture which was a combination of Arabic and Indian styles that took a new direction in the Delhi Sultanate period. It witnesses the evolution and development of Indo-Islamic Architecture by synthesising geometrical shapes, calligraphy, inscriptional art etc. This Indo-Islamic architecture manifested the aesthetic heritage of the new sultans that includes both religious and secular structures.

10 Rarest and Most Valuable Coins of Human History

Mar 6, 2017
Human history is full of experiments and talents that represent their dynamism and how they are keen to change. This is just an art of collection that makes a piece of metal valuable than its real value.The value of these coins depends on the rarity of the pieces, their historical significance, and Minting errors. Here, we are giving 10 rarest and most valuable coins in human history, which will help to understand the history and art of collecting coins.

Do you know that a retired UP Postmaster is building a Taj Mahal for his ‘Mumtaz’

Oct 17, 2016
As we all know that 350 years ago Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Similarly, Faizul Hasan Qadri a retired 80 years old post master from Kaser Kalan village around 50 km from Bulandshahr distt, Western Uttar Pradesh is building a replica of the heritage in memory of his late ‘Begum’ as ‘mini Taj’.

Reason behind using word ‘wood’ in Cinema

Sep 26, 2016
The word ‘wood’ is used in major film industries like Hollywood, Tollywood, Bollywood etc. Do you know the reason behind it? An American film Industry which was named after the district called Hollywood the central region of Los Angeles, California (US) and Bollywood emerged its name by simply replacing ‘H’ from Hollywood with ‘B’, the first letter from Bombay.

Top 10 most famous Martial Arts in India

Jul 2, 2016
India is a land of diverse culture and ethnicities and so is famous for its martial arts that have developed since ancient times. Nowadays these art forms are used in rituals, celebrations, in sports, means of physical fitness, as a self defence but earlier it is used for warfare. Many of the Arts are related to dance, Yoga etc.

What Makes the Gol Gumbaz Astonishing?

May 18, 2016
Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur, is located in Bijapur, Karnataka. The name means 'circular dome', and the tomb indeed has one of the biggest domes in India, with a diameter of 44 metres. It was completed in 1656 and its architect was Yaqut of Dabul. The amazing feature of this dome is that it stands unsupported by pillars. The dome houses the tombs of Muhammad Adil Shah, his two wives, his mistress, his daughter and grandson.

Why was the Gateway of India Constructed?

May 18, 2016
In 1911 King George V and queen Mary visited Delhi so to commemorate the arrival of their king, the Britishers decided to make a gateway of India. The chief architect of this gateway was George Wittet. Its construction was completed in 1911. The gateway was opened on 4th December 1924, by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading. Its central dome is 15 metres in diameter, and touches the height of 26 metres above the ground.

Why is Jal Mahal Unique: 10 Facts at a Glance?

May 17, 2016
The words 'Jal Mahal' mean ‘water palace' and the Jal Mahal Palace in Jaipur is just that. It was built in the 1750 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber, right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It is made of red sandstone. This is a splendid combination of the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. It is a five storey building, when the lake is full out of water its four storeys are dipped under water, and only the top floor is visible.

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