Friday, November 16, 2012

The World Famous Khajuraho Temples of Madhya Pradesh : One of the most popular tourist destinations of India

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The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is in Khajuraho, a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures.

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India.

The Khajuraho temples contain some sexual or erotic art outside the temple or near the deities. Also, some of the temples that have two layers of walls have small erotic carvings on the outside of the inner wall. There are many interpretations of these erotic carvings.


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                                                 A UNESCO World Heritage Site


















Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar, West Bengal, India

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Ghurni is a neighbourhood of Krishnanagar in Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the centre for the production of clay dolls, often referred to as Krishnanagar clay dolls.

Maharaja Krishnachandra (1710–1783), King of Krishnanagar was a great patron of the fine arts, including literature and music and supported the production of clay dolls. In 1728 he brought families of potters from Dhaka and Natore and settled them in Ghurni, then a village.


In an article, the Bangalore-based newspaper Deccan Herald writes, “We have clay dolls, toys and even clay sculptures in different parts of India. But there has been nothing to match the clay doll artisans of Krishnanagar in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The creations of these artists are displayed in most of the handicraft museums of the world. In India, we have a large display of these dolls in the Shankar’s Doll Museum in New Delhi. One look at the clay dolls and we are amazed at the reality with which the artist has displayed the character of the model. A horse rearing to gallop to a placid dog licking its lips after a hearty feed.

Krishnanagar clay dolls are unique in their realism and the quality of their finish. They truly represent a breakaway from the traditional form. Fruits, fish, insects, animals, birds, and of course the entire pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses, and even the ubiquitous Donald Duck and other popular comic strip characters, faithful copies of real-life, down to the minutest detail. Realistic recreations of everyday life, work, mood and character- farmers, weavers, rag pickers, basket makers, umbrella makers - are all specialties of Krishnanagar clay doll artisans.


Please have a look at a few samples of this great unimitable art form of West Bengal:
















Sankheda Furniture of Gujarat, India

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Sankheda is in Vadodara in Gujarat.It is well known for its lacquer works. This work is done on country wood, which being brown gives darker shades.This town is internationally known for its handcrafted Sankheda furniture. These are made from Teak wood.

Traditional Sankheda furniture of Gujarat have a royal history dating back to centuries.From centuries Sankheda furniture have been addition in glory of emperors and royal families. Sankheda furniture is known for its captivating art and longevity without decaying. These royal Sankeda furniture has now become accessable to general community.

These furniture have gained popularity among many countries in the world, including United Kingdom, United States Of America, Russia, Australia and many more.

Sankheda furniture is considered auspicious and is used in many religious and festive occasions. From being used as sacred pedestals for God’s idols in temples and as chairs for the bride and groom in weddings, to cradles and walkers for infants and garden swings that give a fresh touch of breeze in the hot and humid climate, Sankheda furniture is adopted and loved in its various usages. Erstwhile Gujarati royalty have in the past gifted it to royalty and state-heads of other countries.