Nagara, Dravida & Vesara Temples

Temple architecture evolved slightly differently in different regions, such as the distinct features of Orissa, Kashmir and Bengal temples, but it can be generally classified under three categories- Nagara (North), Dravida (South) and Vesara styles. The shikhara tower in Nagara temples has a sloping curve as they rise and are topped by an amalaka (a large fluted disk) and also a small Read More …

The marvel at Bhitargaon

Context: The excavations of cities of the Indus Valley Civilisation testify to early urbanisation, as early as 2,600 BCE. Rock-cut architecture began to develop from the 3rd century BCE. Though the earliest rock-cut architecture is from the Mauryan dynasty, the Ajanta caves are among the earliest rock-cut temples. Brick Temple: Read More …

UNESCO names Rio as World Capital of Architecture

Context: The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020. More details: Having defeated Paris and Melbourne, Rio will be the first city to receive the title under a programme launched together by UNESCO Read More …

Adopt A Heritage

The ‘Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’, a scheme launched on 27th September 2017. It is a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments. It envisages the development and maintenance of tourist amenities at heritage sites and making Read More …

Nirankari sect

The Nirankari sect was formed by Sikh activists in the 19th century. Under Baba Deyal Singh, it is credited with starting the tradition of Anand Karaj, the Sikh way of getting married. A breakaway group formed by Baba Buta Singh preached largely similar customs and principles but there some differences Read More …

Cherry Blossom festival

Context: India International Cherry Blossom festival is scheduled to be held from November 14 to 17 in Shillong, Meghalaya. Significance: This festival is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival. The festival is organised by Government of Meghalaya’s Forest & Environment Department as well as by the Institute of Bioresources Read More …

Soharai art

Soharai art, done primarily by the women of Jharkhand, is a tribal art, practice started in Badam area of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand, several years ago.  Traditionally the form of painting was done primarily by women as a practice of Gahar Puja on the next morning of Diwali.  The motifs Read More …

Kumbhalgarh was a creation of Mewar’s ruler Kumbha

Kumbhalgarh Fort, built in the 15th century, separates Mewar from Marwar. It resembles the Great Wall of China due to its 36 km long perimeter of walls and is considered the second longest in the world.  Kumbhalgarh is one of the six hill-forts of Rajasthan, which enjoys a UNESCO World Read More …

Maharashtra has rich Buddhist heritage and culture

Maharashtra has rich Buddhist heritage and culture. Some of the Buddhist sites are: Stupa in Nalasopara, Global Vipassana Pagoda in Gorai, Mandapeshwar Caves in Borivali, Chaityabhoomi in Dadar, Elephanta Caves and Kanheri Caves in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Karla and Bhaja Caves in Pune, Pandavleni Caves in Nashik, Deekshabhoomi in Read More …

Festive season around the corner

Rann Utsav, a vibrant desert carnival takes place across the Kutch region in Gujarat. This cultural festival showcases traditional art forms of the country. Held annually during the full moon time in winters, this festival features different programs including culinary workshops, wildlife safaris, a visit to the nearby village, fold Read More …