Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Colourful Moghul Gardens of Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Channapatna Wooden Toys of Karnataka in India

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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toys of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
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Channapatna toys are manufactured by artisans from Channapatna in Karnataka, India. Channapatna is a small town located 60 km south-west of Bangalore, on Bangalore-Mysore state highway. The town is famous for its wooden toys and lacquer ware products. These toys are manufactured in small scale industries both traditional and advanced. These handcrafted wooden toys are made using traditional lacquerware technique and are colored with natural dyes.

Channapatna more often known as the Gombegala Ooru "Toy Town" of Karnataka has a legacy of toys which goes back to more than 200 years. Centuries ago artisans from Persia were invited to train the locals of Channapatna. They started by carving toys out of ivory wood initially then switched to rubber, cedar and teak. This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka. Today, this art and the craftsmen have broadened the horizon into several varieties of wood - rubber wood, silver wood, fine wood, Nepal wood, sycamore wood, red cedar, pinewood and teakwood.

Channapatna still uses traditional machinery and tools as production equipments.

Coloring is done using vegetable dyes while the wooden block is still rotating on the lathe.

Apart from the mechanized or hand machines they use a number of other tools to manipulate the surface of the toys, such as a drilling machine is used to drill holes in certain toys, a chisel is used to develop grooves and create curves on the surface, the vegetable dyes are used to impart eye catching and bright colors to the toys to make them attractive for the buyers and visitors who visit the village. Moreover there is a wide range of files of different shapes and sizes used to further manipulate the surface for creating other innovative designs on the toys.

The products created in Channapatna are absolutely eco friendly, non hazardous and are very safe for children. The toys are non toxic & are without any sharp edges. These products are made using soft wood and vegetable dyes.

Channapatna Products include traditional toys, home d├ęcor items, corporate gift items and utility items made in traditional and contemporary designs.

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

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Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India


Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu temple in West Bengal, India dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of destruction Mother Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. Peethas are divine seats of Mother Kali.

Kalighat was a Ghat sacred to Mother Kali on the old course of the River Hooghly (the Ganges) in the city of Calcutta. The name Calcutta is said to have been derived from the word Kalighat. The River Hooghly over a period of time has moved away from the temple. The temple is now on the banks of a small canal called Adi Ganga which connects to the River Hooghly. Adi Ganga was the original course of the River Hoogly (the Ganges). Hence the name Adi (original) Ganga.

Worship

The temple is visited by pilgrims from all over India irrespective of sectarian differences. Thousands of pilgrims who flock daily to  Kalighat temple treat Mother Kali very much like a human mother, bringing to her their distressing domestic problems and prayer requests for prosperity, and returning to the Mother once again when their prayers are fulfilled for expressing their heartfelt gratitude. 

Kalighat Temple

The Kalighat temple in its present form is only about 200 years old, although it has been referred to in Mansar Bhasan composed in the 15th century, and in Kavi Kankan Chandi of the 17th century.

The Kali idol inside Kalighat temple is different from the idols present across India. The idol was created by Brahmanda Giri and Atmaram Giri. The idol of Kali has three huge eyes, long protruding tongue and four hands holding a sword and severed heads of demons. The other two hands are in blessing Mudra which says that she will always look after her devotees and guide them eternally after their complete surrender to her.

Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata is regarded as the holiest Peetha ( Seat of Mother Kali ) of all the 52 Shakti Peethams of India, where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen, in the course of Hindu God Shiva's Rudra Tandava ( Cosmic Dance ). Kalighat represents the site where the toes of the right foot of Shakti or Sati fell.

The original temple was built by Raja Basanta Roy on the banks of River Hooghly; however the river has shifted away from the temple with the passage of time. In the olden days, traders used to halt their journey at Kalighat to pay their obeisance to Goddess Kali.
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Birla Mandir ( Birla Temple ) of Kolkata, India & its Amazing Architecture

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Birla Temple / Birla Mandir of Kolkata

Birla Temple / Birla Mandir of Kolkata

The magnificent Birla Mandir of Kolkata, located in Ballygunge, is an exemplary work of art & architecture. It is one of the finest architectural beauties of the city of Kolkata. The indigenous craftsmanship of the temple is the hallmark of its grandeur. It represents a beautiful unique blend of traditional and contemporary art. The temple is also a revered Hindu place of worship and devotion. Thousands of people from various parts of India come here to offer their prayers especially on the day of Janmashtami (Birthday of Hindu God Krishna). During the festive months when the temple and its surroundings are illuminated with lights, The temple looks spectacularly divine. The best time to visit this beautiful temple is in the evening during evening Aarti when the temple made of white marble is at its glittering best. The serene and sublime atmosphere of the temple offers tremendous peace and tranquility to the mind of the devotees. It is one of the most visited tourist spots of Kolkata.

History of Birla Temple / Birla Mandir of Kolkata

The Birla Mandir has been built by the prestigious Birla family, the famous industrialist family of India. The construction of the temple began in 1970 & it took 26 years to complete the marvellous structure. The Pran Prathistha ceremony of the idols was done by Swami Chidananda Maharaj. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.

The marvelous architecture of the temple is based on the stunningly beautiful intricate Rajasthani style of architecture. The entire temple has been constructed with sandstone and white marble. The interiors of the temple are laid with exquisite marble carvings that depict Shlokas and pictorial engravings from the Hindu Scripture Bhagavad Gita. The engraving is spectacularly captivating. The ceiling of the temple is decorated with breath-taking chandeliers and electric Diyas ( Traditional Lamps) that add dazzling luster to the interiors.  The architecture of the temple is partly inspired from the Laxmi Narayan Temple and Lingaraj Temple of Bhubaneswar. Apart from the beautiful Radha-Krishna idols, the idols of the Hindu God of destruction Shiva and Mother Goddess Durga have also been installed inside the sanctum. The Birla Mandir depicts the ideals of Hinduism as enshrined in the Immortal Hindu Scriptures Vedas and Upanishads and the application of these Vedic ideals to day to day life.