Mahabodhi Temple : Tracing the roots of Buddhism

Bodh Gaya

Buddhism, one of the prominent religions of Asia traces its origins to Bodh Gaya. The place where Prince Siddhartha became Lord Buddha. The place that preached the world about virtues of peace and nonviolence; about benevolence and the subtle art of dharma. Situated in Bihar, a state much despised for being unruly and rowdy, Bodh Gaya seems like an oasis in the desert. Bodh Gaya dotted with numerous monasteries has a tranquil, spiritual environment much in contrast to some other places in the state. Read more

Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer

Dargah Sharif

Dargah Sharif situated in Ajmer, Rajasthan is the mausoleum of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (RA); perhaps the most prominent Sufi saint who resided here in the 12th century. Moinuddin Chisti is more popularly known as Garib Nawaz and people from all religions flock to this shrine throughout the year to pay homage and seek his blessings. Read more

Gomateshwara Bahubali: The largest monolithic statue

Gomateshwara Bahubali

Bahubali- The Telugu blockbuster of 2015. Bahubali became a household name in India after the massive success that the movie achieved  smashing the record books with a collection in an excess of 300 Crore. Everyone loved the story and plot of the movie but few were aware of the allusion it had to the life of the real Bahubali- Gomateshwara Bahubali. Read more

Belur and Halebidu: The antic temples of Hoysala empire

Belur & Halebidu

I had a believe that the carvings and sculptures of the Sun temple at Konark, Odisha is the zenith of a sculptor’s expertise. But now, after visiting Halebidu and Belur, I am certain to have discovered a higher summit. Although it hits my pride of being an Odia, I must accept that the sculptors of Hoysala empire were more proficient than ours.

These rich temples built in the 12th century (started in 1121) were plundered and destroyed by Ala-ud-Din Khilji, Islamic ruler of Delhi Sultanate as evident from the hundreds of mutilated sculptures of the temples. Most of the sculptures are without heads and hands, yet what remains is enough to testify the expert craftsmanship of the artists of that time. Read more