Taken at Harminder Sahib or The Golden Temple at Amritsar, Punjab, India
The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than a of description.
As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) in 1577 A.D., which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest.
The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is next to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The private apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. The planning of the palace is based on Islamic prototypes, but each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions
Nandi (the bull) is the vehicle (vahana) of Shiva and is normally found in all Shiva temples either near the idol or facing it from a distance. It is also placed at the entrance of Shiva temples in a sitting or standing posture.
In paintings he is shown pure white. He has a rounded body, large brown eyes, heavy shoulders, a shining coat and a black tail. The hump is like the top of a snow-capped mountain. He has a golden girth round his body and sharp horns with red points.
Originally, under the name of Nandikeshvara, Nandi seems to have existed in human form as a sage (Rishi) who acted as Shiva’s door keeper before achieving divine status. The reason for the association may have stemmed from Shiva’s relationship with Rudra who was sometimes referred to as the bull.
Source – The blog "All You Need to Know About Hinduism"
Taken at Talakadu, Karnataka
Adalaj Stepwell is a unique Hindu ‘water building’ in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad,Gujarat, India. The stepwell was built in 1499. The step well or ‘Vav’, as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories in depth. Such step wells were once integral to the semi arid regions of Gujarat as they provided basic water needs for drinking, washing and bathing. These wells were also venues for colorful festivals and sacred rituals.
A shot of an aeroplane passing by the tallest minaret of India. Qutb Minar. I wonder how Qutb Minar looks from above.
Qutub Minar or Qutb Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi,India. The Qutub Minar was constructed with red and black sandstone and marble, and is the highest stone tower in India with a height of 72.5 meters, contains 379 stairs to reach the top, and the diameter of base is 14.32 meters and 2.75 meters at top. The construction was commenced by Qutb-ud-din Aibak of Mamluk Dynasty and completed by Iltutmish in A.D. 1230
Taken at Delhi, India
The ‘Shore Temple’ is the lone survivor of the seven magnificent temple complexes, known as the seven pagodas, built near the sea at Mahabalipuram, India. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.