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Temples Mosques India

Taj Mahal The cultural heritage of India's five-thousand-year old civilization is reflected by a number of monuments scattered throughout the country. All these forts, palaces, temples, mosques and churches etc. prove that architecture in India had been a form of architectural expression. Architecture in India started evolving with the settlement of the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro. The Great Bath, Assembly Hall and its drainage system are some examples of Harappan civilization. Indian Architecture evolved over a period of time, and incorporated definitive influences from its various rulers, either Hindus, Muslims or British. Hindu architecture has immensely been religious and spiritual in its basic temperament. It only meant the construction of temples. Kailashnath Temple at Ellora, Khajuraho Temples, Jain shrines at Dilwara, Jagannath Temple at Puri and Konark Sun Temple are some of the finest specimens of Hindu Architecture. Muslim invasions brought many changes with the features including arches, tombs, mosques and minarets etc. Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal and Jama Masjid (Delhi) have remained impassable till date.

Temples of India
As it's a widely known phenomenon, India has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Often quoted term 'unity in diversity' may be trite but it's true in Indian context. It's variety may not be observed just in its food, lifestyle, tradition and culture but also in the architecture of its holy places. Here follows a brief description of some major temples in India.
Khajuraho Temples¤ Khajuraho Temples : Designed in an Indo-Aryan style, this is actually a complex of 20 temples. Each one of this temple has its own distinct plan and style. Constructed by Chandelas, the shrines have been divided into three groups - the eastern, western and southern.

¤ Badrinath Temple : Set amidst the majestic Greater Himalayas, Badrinath is one of the four Dhams of Hindus. Described as a 'supreme place of pilgrimage', it homes the famous temple of Shri Badri Vishal.

¤ Brahma Temple : Having the distinction of being the only Brahma temple in India , this monument was built during 14th century. The holy shrine is located in Pushkar in Rajasthan. It's fitted with marble steps and silver coins embedded on its floor.

¤ Jain Temples :Built by Jain followers, these temples represent the highest virtue of Jainism - non-violence. All the prayer houses here are looked upon as a way to attain a moral destiny.

Mosques of India
These picturesque 'domes of Allah' dot each and every nook and corner of the country. Reflecting India's rich Islamic past, these mosques also reflect its age-old dialogue with Indian way of life. It's magnificent architectural style was basically far eastern, but took on subtle Indian connotations later on, and evolved into it's distinct style.
¤ Jama Masjid : Included among the finest examples of Indian craftsmanship, Jama Masjid is the biggest mosque of India. The edifice is awe-inspiring with its imposing structure and offers a captivating view of it's environs.

¤ Jamali Kamali : Mughal emperor Babar laid the foundation for Jamali Kamali which was completed by his son, Humayun. This mosque represents gradual change in the style of Indian architecture. Eye-catching verses have been inscribed on its walls, besides colourfully painted tiles.

¤ Moti Masjid : Located in Red Fort, it was built of white marble. It's beauty is a tribute to the artisans who crafted it.
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