Tuesday, February 16, 2016

* Colourful Moghul Gardens of Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Colourful pictures of Moghul Gardens of Indian Presidential Palace, are posted right below the following brief write-up. Please don't miss viewing the pictures, and plan a trip to New Delhi, sometime in the future. 

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The Rashtrapati Bhavan, located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi is a 130-hectare (320 acre) President Estate that also includes the huge presidential gardens, popularly known as Mughal Gardens. The Mughal Gardens are situated at the back of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, incorporate both Mughal and English landscaping styles and feature a great variety of flowers.

Spread over a vast expanse of 15 acres, Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapathi Bhawan, New Delhi, has often been portrayed, and deservedly so, as the soul of The Indian Presidential Palace. The Mughal Gardens draw its inspiration from The Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the gardens around the Taj Mahal in Agra, and even miniature paintings of India and Persia. 

As already mentioned, two different horticulture traditions were brought together for the Mughal Gardens, namely, the Mughal style and the English flower garden style. Mughal canals, terraces and flowering shrubs are beautifully blended with European flowerbeds, lawns and private hedges.

The Mughal Gardens had up till now been opened for the public only during the annual festival, Udyanotsav, held in the months of February-March, but will now be open for the public from August till March.The prime attractions of Udyanostav 2016 were Tulips and Primulas.

Rose remains a key feature of The Mughal Gardens even today. The Gardens boasts of growing 159 celebrated varieties of roses which blossom primarily in the month of February and March.

Apart from roses, tulips, Asiatic lilies, daffodils, hyacinth and other seasonal flowers beautify the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan. There are more than seventy varieties of seasonal flowers, including exotic bulbous and winter flowering plants. The garden also grows 60 of the 101 known types of bougainvilleas. Edging and flowering of flower beds is done with alyssum, daisy, pansy etc. The grass that covers the garden is the Doob grass, which was originally brought from Kolkata, when the Mughal Gardens was being planted. The Gardens has almost 50 varieties of trees, shrubs and vines including Moulsiri tree, Golden Rain tree, flower bearing Torch Tree and many more. At present over three hundred permanent and casual employees are deployed for the development and maintenance of the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The most remarkable expression of democracy in India, has been the opening up of the Mughal Gardens and grounds for the public.




Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi


Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Channapatna Wooden Toys of Karnataka in India

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Article on Channapatna Wooden Toys underneath the pictures. Please don't miss it.



Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India
Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India

Place Order For Channapatna Wooden Toy of Karnataka in India


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

Kalighat is a locality in the city of Kolkata in Eastern India. It is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kolkata.

The famous temple Kalighat Kali Temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali is situated in Kalighat. This is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India. It is a very famous & powerful temple, and a renowned pilgrim place for the Shaktas (Worshippers of Hindu Goddess Durga / Kali / Shakti ) of  Hindu Religion.

Kalighat was a Ghat sacred to Mother Goddess Kali, on the old course of the River Ganges in the city of Kolkata.  The river 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 Main Ganges River (Known as Hooghly River in Bengal).

Of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the great mythological texts of India recognize the Four Major Adi Shakti Peethas. There is no dispute regarding these Four Adi Shakti Peethas and their locations. These four Pithas are also believed to be the most powerful Shakti Pithas on the Planet.

The Kalighat Kali Temple in its present form, is only about 200 years old, although it has been referred to in a number of 15th century Hindu Texts, and also in some of the 17th century texts of the Hindus. 

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 Goddess Kali very much like a human mother, bringing to her their distressing domestic problems, and prayer requests for prosperity & well-being, and returning to the Mother once again, when their prayers are fulfilled, for expressing their heartfelt gratitude. In the olden days, traders used to halt their journey at Kalighat, to pay their obeisance to Mother Goddess Kali.

To read the reviews of the visiting devotees to this Holy Shrine of Bengal, visit the Tripadvisor Page of Kalighat Kali Temple.

Anyone who requires more information may contact Mala Chandrashekhar at the Email Id :  indianartsandcrafts2008@gmail.com
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Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India : Click here for source of image

Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India : Click here for source of image



Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India : Click here for source of image


Kalighat Kali Temple at Kolkata, India : Click here for source of image

* Birla Mandir ( Birla Temple ) of Kolkata, India & its Amazing Architecture

A brief write-up on Birla Mandir of Kolkata, is posted right below the following pictures of this modern Shrine of Bengal

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Birla Temple / Birla Mandir of Kolkata : Click here for source of image

Birla Temple / Birla Mandir of Kolkata : Click here for source of image
The magnificent Birla Mandir of Kolkata, located in Ballygunge area of the city, 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 beautiful. 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 visiting devotees. It is one of the most visited tourist spots of modern day 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 marvelous structure. The Prana Prathistha ceremony of the idols was done by Swami Chidananda Maharaj. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his divine 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 Indian 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 practical application of these Vedic ideals to day to day life.