Architectural heritage

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Samayita Banerjee
The Lotus Temple is one of the most remarkable monuments in New Delhi. It has received various international awards for its architecture and attracts numerous people of all religions and faiths each day. While a lot of us know about its lotus-like appearance, there are many other aspects to its…
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Isha Chaturvedi
The Humayun's Tomb is perhaps one of the grandest historical sites in India. Built over 400 years ago, it boasts of Persian and Turkish influences and also offered a template of Mughal architecture for many subsequent monuments, including the iconic Taj Mahal​​​​​​. (Photo Source: Ayan Ghosh/…
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Garima Agarwal
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Nikhil Sanjay Shah
On the banks of the Tapi (or Tapti) river is located the city of Surat, the ‘sun city’, earlier referred to as Suryapur. In the heart of the most ancient settlement of the Surat city—Rander—stands the magnificent mosque Masjid-e Quwaat-e-Islam, colloquially referred to as Hari Masjid, Ek Khamba…
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Mohan Meghani
Rander is a historic town which is older than Surat and whose existence dates to around the 13th century AD. It is said that Arab traders from Kufa overpowered the Jain population of Rander (then a prospering village). The Jains primarily comprise two sects, Digambar and Shwetambar, and are known…
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Nikhil Sanjay Shah
Ek Khamba Mosque or Masjid-e-Quwwat-e-Islam which is also known as Hari Masjid of Rander, standing entirely on a single pillar, is not only a structural marvel but a cultural anchor point. It stands at the heart of the historic settlement Rander, Surat, Gujarat.   Rander was the principal…
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Nikhil Sanjay Shah
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Nikhil Sanjay Shah
Located in the oldest settlement of the Surat city—Rander—is this magnificent architectural edifice, Ek Khamba Masjid, the One Pillar Mosque or Masjid-e-Quwwat-e-Islam. It is known as the mosque which entirely stands on one single pillar, and is not only a visual retreat but a structural marvel…
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Binita Tamboli & Nikhil Sanjay Shah
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Binita Tamboli & Nikhil Sanjay Shah
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