Sarnath

Sarnath is a city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar PradeshIndia. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sanghacame into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Singhpur, a village approximately one kilometre away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism, and a temple dedicated to him, is an important pilgrimage site.

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Jal Mahal – Water Palace

 

 

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Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

A beautiful palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.

Ram Yantras – Jantar Mantar

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Ram Yantras, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Ram Yantra, as it represents by its name, is an instrument, which is very helpful to the astronomers to find out the zenith distance and the altitude of the sun. The beauty of the instrument is, that it gives us direct readings. Basically the instrument consists of two circular stone building. If we unite them together, it becomes one instrument. This way one is complimentary to the other. They are constructed at a reasonable distance. In the center of the instrument a perpendicular rod is fixed, which is of the same height of the building itself.

Twelve stone triangles are fixed above the ground. These triangular stone slabs are graduated from 90 degree to 45 degree, while 45 to 0 degree the graduations are on the circular wall. This is an instrument by which we come to know the movement of stars.

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Ram Yantras, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

The Ram Yantra consists of a pair of cylindrical structures, open to the sky, each with a pillar or pole at the center. The pillar/post and walls are of equal height, which is also equal to the radius of the structure. The floor and interior surface of the walls are inscribed with scales indicating angles of altitude and azimuth. Ram Yantras were constructed at the Jaipur and Delhi observatories only.

Panaromic – Agrasen ki Baoli (also known as Ugrasen ki Baoli)

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Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi, India

Agrasen ki Baoli (also known as Ugrasen ki Baoli), designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958, is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharaja Agrasen.

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This Baoli, with 108 steps, is among a few of its kind in Delhi. The visible parts of this historical step well consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides. From an architectural perspective, this step well was probably rebuilt during the Tughlaq period. However, the oldest existing Baoli in Delhi, the Anangtal Baoli located in Mehrauli, which was also known as Yoginipura, was built in the 10th century by the Rajput King Anang Pal II of Tomara dynasty. Anang Tal literally means reservoir provided by Anang Pal of the House of Tomar.

Regarding the name Agrasen Ki Baoli it should be stated that, in 1132 CE, an Agrawal poet named Vibudh Shridhar mentions, in his work Pasanahacariu, a wealthy and influential Agrawal merchant of Dhilli named Nattal Sahu, who was also a minister in the court of King Anang Pal III. Rebuilding the old Agrasen Ki Baoli would have been within the means of a well established and wealthy Agrawal community during the 14th century.

Odisha Parba 2017 – Celebration of the state’s culture, tradition, heritage and cuisine.

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Odisha Parba 2017, India Gate lawn, New Delhi, India

Odisha Parba, a three-day festival which brought the rich culture and heritage of the coastal state to Delhi.

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Odisha Parba 2017, India Gate lawn, New Delhi, India

Cultural performances include a contemporary dance recital. Then there are recitals, of lesser-known folk dances such as Jhumar, Ghumura and better known ones such as Mayurbhanj Chhau.

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Odisha Parba 2017, India Gate lawn, New Delhi, India

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Organised by Odia Samaj, the event was a celebration of the state’s culture, tradition, heritage and cuisine.

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Odisha Parba 2017, India Gate lawn, New Delhi, India
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Odisha Parba 2017, India Gate lawn, New Delhi, India

An amazing cultural Odisha Parba organised by odiya samaj. Beautiful presentation of odiya tradition, culture, heritage and cuisine.