India and Its Vibrant Heritage

India

India, among few nations who are fortunate of having an age old culture had been through hundreds of transitions in the Era. One of the oldest civilizations with Rich dynasties that had some flamboyant emperors who ruled with an idea of Nation building and on the other side it had some infamous emperors too. History tells us more about what we lost and what we are left with and it’s never too late to know more of India’s heritage.

The picture of Today’s India is that of an upcoming and developing nation. Indeed, India has leaped many boundaries in various sectors being science, technology and commerce in the recent past, yet India never neglected its creative and genius arts of knowledge. One among them is the science of medical practice distinct from western medicinal practice. Wondering what is it? Well, this the science of Ayurveda that uses a distinct form of medicine made purely of herbs and natural weeds, that can cure any ailment of the world. Ayurveda has also been mentioned in the Ancient Indian epics like Ramayana. Even today, when the advanced medical concepts have reached to new heights, people strongly believe in this alternative method of treatment for its multifarious qualities.

Monuments of India

The TajMahal Front.

TajMahal

The only one of its kind across the world, the TajMahal is a sheer form of poetry engraved in compiled up pure white marbles. A construction that took almost 22 years and labor force of more than 20,000 this monument is listed in the seven wonders of the world and India is could not be imagined without this gorgeous art of human civil work. This monument was said to be built in the memory of empress Arjumand Bano Begum, popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal by the then Mughal Emperor Shahjahan.The construction of Taj Mahal was started in A.D. 1632 and completed at the end of 1648 A.D. For seventeen years, twenty thousand workmen are said to be employed on it daily, for their accommodation a small town, named after the deceased empress-‘Mumtazabad’, now known as Taj Ganj, was built adjacent to it.

The Ajanta and Ellora Temple

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

An unmatched surge of artistic excellence is the paintings and sculptures in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Beginning with the 2nd century B.C., and continuing into the 6th century A.D., these Buddhist and Jain caves are stone crafted, hence seem quite meditative and exude a divine energy and power.

These marvelously crafted temples, paintings and idols are definitely only one of its kinds.

Located at 107 Km from the Aurangabad city of Indian State Maharashtra, this monument strongly resembles the astonishing ancient Indian Technology. These rock-crafted singular structures Ajanta nestled in a panoramic gorge, in the form of a gigantic crafted mountain. Ajanta is among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures, having a total of 29 caves. These caves comprise of Buddhist shrines and monasteries dedicated to Lord Buddha were predominantly used by monks to meditate or spread Buddha’s teachings. Among the most interesting paintings are the Jataka tales, illustrating diverse stories relating to the previous incarnations of the Buddha as Bodhisattava, a saintly being who is destined to become the Buddha. The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an Landform, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Sculptors, inspired by Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, created elaborate rock carvings. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, Viharas or monasteries and Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and 11th century A.D., the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29). The most astonishing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world. Known as Verul in ancient times, it has continuously attracted pilgrims through the centuries to the present day.

Sri HarMandir Sahib

Golden Temple

Sri Harmandir Sahib, also referred  as  Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple located in Amritsar (Punjab), is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. This temple spreads Sikhism’s message of tolerance and acceptance through its architecture that has incorporated symbols from other religions. The Sikhs and people of other religions from all over the world, visit Sri Amritsar and to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib in their prayers. Guru Arjan Sahib, the fifth Nanak contributed the idea of forming holy place as a center of religion for all followers of Sikhism. Guru Arjan Sahib got its foundation laid by a Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir ji of Lahore in December 1588. The construction work was supervised by Guru Arjan Sahib himself and he was assisted by the prominent Sikh personalities like Baba Budha ji, Bhai Gurdas ji, Bhai Sahlo ji and many other devoted Sikhs. Sri Harmandir Sahib, is built on a 67ft. square platform in the centre of the Sarovar (tank). The temple itself is 40.5ft. square. It has a door each on the East, West, North and South. The Darshani Deori (an arch) stands at the shore end of the causeway. The doorframe of the arch is about 10ft in height and 8ft 6inches in breadth. The door panels are decorated in artistic style. It opens on to the causeway or bridge that leads to the main building of Sri Harmandir Sahib. It is 202 feet in length and 21 feet in width. The bridge is connected with the 13 feet wide ‘Pardakshna’ (circumambulatory path). It runs around the main shrine and it leads to the ‘Har ki Paure’ (steps of God). On the first floor of ‘Har ki Paure’, there is continuous reading of Guru Granth Sahib.

Indian Holy River Ganga in Munshi Ghat, Varanasi.

India as Nation

India as Nation has its own shortcomings and its people are narrowing them, no doubt on that. Yet one should keep in mind that every nation, with this I literally mean every possible nation in this world is surrounded with some or other sort of troubles. The only thing is, from far we see that everything’s alright but when explore it ourselves, we realize the actual situation. India is growing technically and it is in path of becoming global tech center. Indian Space Research Organization is breaking Records after Records, be it launching 104 satellites (maximum satellites in the world at a time) or be it the mission of mars (MOM) with a surprising budget of just 450 Cr., yet making it possible to reach on Mars’s orbit and successfully performing the programmed operations. Rightly said by Former American President J.F. Kennedy “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”.

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