India, the land of wonders has always, been known around the world for its rich cultural heritage and its architecture that has adorned our land with beautiful Sports, temples, caves, buildings, etc.
with a rich history of over thousands of years, Indian monuments have gained worldwide significance for its architectural designs and intricate work. Indian monuments are the live examples of stretching our horizon of human imagination and creativity.
The royal monarchs who ruled India built these monuments to leave their mark and express their thoughts and ideologies.
In the north, we have numerous forts, palaces, minarets built during the Mughal period.
On the other hand, in the south, we have historical temples that are no less than monuments. In the west, there are countless magnificent palaces built by the royal Rajputs all over Rajasthan.
Visiting these places keep us intact with our cultural roots and inculcate a sense of belonging for our nation.
Monuments like Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Golden Temple, Qutub Minar, Jaisalmer fort, India gate are some of the most popular monuments of India. However, this article explores a few monuments whose significance is not known to all.
Statue of Unity
The most recent monument of India, The Statue of Unity is the colossal statue built in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and is a tribute to him for his struggle for Independence. With a height of 182 meters (572 ft) the monument is the tallest statue of the world. Situated near the river Narmada, it faces the
Narmada dam, 3.2 km away from the river land called sadhu to bet near Rajpipla in Gujrat.
The monument, including its surroundings, is spread over 20,000 sq meters of land and is surrounded by an artificial 12 square km lake.
Approximately 135 metric tonnes of iron were contributed by people all over the world for its construction. The construction of this monument was finished within 33 months and hence is an engineering marvel.
Mysore palace is one of the most breathtaking and magnificent buildings in Karnataka, south India. It is an example of Saracenic type of architecture built by maharaja Krishna raja Wadiyar (raja rishi) and then expanded by his heir maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar.
The Mysore palace is also known as Amba Vilas Palace, it is the former palace of the royal dynasty and is still their official residence. The construct of this palace is a symphonic blend of Hindu, Muslim and Gothic styles of architecture imparting its regal quality.
Needless to say, it is the most visited monument of India by both local and foreign tourists. Light and sound show at Mysore palace is one picturesque sight to see.
Konark Sun Temple
A UNESCO world heritage site, Konark sun temple is one of the key tourist attractions in the state of Odisha. The temple was constructed by king Narsimhadeva 1 the king of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.
The temple is in the pattern of a chariot with khondalite rocks, pillars, and walls. The monument is also called the black pagoda. It is built in the shape of a chariot of the sun god, and it depicts the chariot pulled by seven horses. The temple complex also includes an archaeological museum.
The sun rays touch the Nata mandir and reflect through the diamond at the center of the idol. In spite of much of the temple in ruin, it still echoes the artistic skills of the architects back in the day.
Khajuraho Group of Monuments
Khajuraho is a group of temples located at Madhya Pradesh, known popularly for its sculpted caves with carvings of erotic and sensual figurines. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Khajuraho is a stunning example of the pure form of love, the carvings depicting sensuous and passionate love in the most erotic yet aesthetic ways.
It was built during the period of 950 to 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty with Nagara style of architecture. The kandariya Mahadeva temple is designed with intricate sculpting symbolizing Indian art of the ancient and medieval periods.
According to historical records, the Khajuraho site had 85 temples spread across 20sq.km. Despite this, only 25 temples have survived.
Last but not least, Hampi is admired by tourists and travelers all over the country. Located in the state of Karnataka, it has numerous hills, valleys, pleasant-looking temples, bustling street markets.
Hampi is the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire in ancient times was known as the second-largest city in the world. Over recent centuries it lost its importance, but the backpackers can still explore the ruins of most of the temples and other structures.
Hampi is famous for its magnificent and sculpted temples, mainly the virupaksha temple, a tribute to the deity of the empire. In spite of the lost glory of the place, the modern establishments and efforts have given an authentic feel to the place.
Indian monuments are the standing example of the exemplary art and architecture of ancient times. Depicting the fusion of various cultures, each monument has its own story and legacy. The monuments are a blend of
various architectural styles and designs, giving each monument an aesthetic feel.