The monolithic granite Nandi (Bull) is believed to be the largest in India. Built during the Vijayanagar period(14th C CE) it is part of a large temple complex. The exquisite carvings of bell garland, jewellery etc. stand out beside the size.
It is 4.5 Mtrs high and 8.25 Mtrs long. The Thanjavur Big Temple Nandi is smaller.
The scene behind the Taj Mahal on an early Monday morning.
Just a few yards from the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. A labour of love built about 500 years ago by the Emperor of India in memory of his favourite wife. Took 20,000 artisans 22 years to build. Attracts millions of visitors every year.
All these mean nothing to these poor boatmen for whom it is just another day at work.
The Bibi ka Maqbara was built by the son of Aurangazeb, Azam Shah, in memory of his mother. Aurangazeb was never keen on building monuments and he was also stingy. He sanctioned only Rs.7 lakh for this project.The son finished the project in about 6,68,000 Rupees (cf. Taj Mahal Rs 320,00,000) . Only the domes and doors are made of marble. A lot of it is brick and lime mortar with eggshells.
The monument resembles Taj but it is clear that it is an imitation. Yet it is worth a visit.
Sande, a craft exhibition is being held at Kalakshetra ground this week. Artisans from all over India are participating. However, just as we entered the exhibition there was a sudden downpour which lasted quite some time. It was a pitiable sight to see the exhibitors scurrying to protect their wares from being affected by the rain. Considering the season, the organisers could have made better arrangements for the visitors and the exhibitors.