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Incredibly intricate stonework from Jain Temples, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The Jains are a small community in India's ocean of humanity, yet they have flourished and created some of the greatest works of art and architecture in India. They are primarily a mercantile community and have greatly contributed to philanthropy through the construction of public spaces, mainly temples, wells, animal hospitals and dharamshalas (rest houses). Jain temples are noted for the lavish use of marble. The color white is specially significant for them. However, the jain temples in Jaisalmer are constructed in yellow limestone, the same material from which the fort and the town is constructed. The austerity of the exterior of Jain temples are a stark contrast to the incredible delicacy of sculpture inside. This is detail of a roof showing the inverted lotus motif, very common in Indian temples. Surrounding the dome are a band of minstrels playing various musical instruments.
Before the rise of crude oil as the global currency for trade, it was spices which controlled world bullion for thousands of years. Cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, saffron, pepper, nutmeg, curry, ginger, garlic, coriander and other spices were highly sought after throughout Europe, and inevitably sparked off a colonial race to reach India by sea. Kerala was the first place the Portuguese under Vasco da Gama made landfall, and Fort Kochi still remains a major trading zone for spices and oils extracted from them which are also used in making medicines and perfumes.
The facade of the Hawa Mahal at Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Hawa Mahal is conceptually one-of-its-kind in India; a true icon of Jaipur and Rajasthan, combining influences from Rajput and Mughal architecture. The imposing facade is misleading, and is hollow on the other side. It is basically a giant screen with 953 honeycombed windows through which the women of the Royal Zenana would witness processions on the main thoroughfare below. The small windows are covered in stained glass which prevented the women in purdah to be seen by outsiders. "Hawa" means wind, and the building also served as a large air-conditioning unit which circulated cool air through the interiors during the intensely hot summers. Like the rest of the old city of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal was also constructed with red and pink color sandstone, which gives Jaipur the epithet of "The Pink City".
Früher brachte der Lärm die Menschen aus der Ruhe. Heutzutage ist es die Stille. © Ernst Ferstl 🍃 Happy week - job, I coming 💃
Intricately carved wooden brackets in the Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The balcony is a distinctive feature of houses in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Later the Mughals incorporated this extended space in their havelis as the jharokha. Unlike Rajasthani houses, which used stone as the primary material of construction, houses in Gujarat made extensive use of wood, similar to houses in Tamil Nadu. However, in Tamil Nadu houses are rarely ever double storeyed except those of the rich. In Gujarat which has a long history of excellence in business and trade, double storey houses were the norm, where the merchant lived on the floor above his shop or studio. Gujarat might have been influenced in architecture by its long history of trade with the Middle-East. There balcony is called Mashrabiya and served as an important extended platform from where the women in purdah could witness the outside world.
The great jaali (perforated lattice screen) from Sidi Saiyyid mosque, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Mosques in Ahmedabad have some highly intricate stonework, but none rivals the sheer fluidity and complexity of this window. Built during the last years of the independent Gujarat Sultanate, the jaali is one of the highlights of Indo-Islamic architecture in the Subcontinent. Since Islam prohibits depiction of all fauna, that artistic space was filled by the beautiful depiction of flora, like this creeper, whose branches and leaves cover the entire jaali. An unofficial icon of the city, this jaali has been adopted by the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad as their logo.
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Wir fotografieren nur die schönen Momente, darum scheint uns die Vergangenheit oft so perfekt.🔮 We only photograph the beautiful moments, that is why the past often so perfect. 🙏 Good night peeps 🌠
Die Sonne ist das strahlende Gesicht des schönen Tages… © Elmar Kupke ☀ The sun is the radiant face of the beautiful day ... 💛 Miss summer 😔 🙏
Two boys selling drinking water pouches at the doorway of the Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh. Pilgrims visit the shrine of Sheikh Salim Chisti hoping their wishes would be fulfilled. Sheikh Chisti had blessed the childless Mughal Emperor Akbar and he soon became father to a boy who was named after the revered Sufi saint. This tradition of faith in the Dargah has continued since the 16th century. However, with the rise of tourism, visitors to Fatehpur Sikri are relentlessly haggled by touts and vendors and they miss this wooden doorway of the Buland Darwaza studded with horseshoes. This used to be a most unique practice till the advent of modern transportation. Horse owners would nail a horseshoe which is a symbol of good luck, before venturing on a journey or indulging in some distant trading. The massive doorway is covered with these talismans which are always nailed with the ends pointing upwards.
Stille ist manchmal auch das kurze Innehalten in sich selbst. © Gerd Jüttner So mag ich das, eine Bank und der Stille lauschen 💚 Good morning friends - I love this - peace ✌💃💛💋