The Konark Sun Temple
The most notable marvel of Orissa art is the stately Sun Temple of Konark which was built in AD 1250. The temple was built with the intent to enshrine the image of Sun – the patron deity of the place. The exquisite Sun temple is a living monument of Orissa’s glorious past. It is regarded as the peak of art and architecture in the ancient Kalinga era. The entire temple in Konark was designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by 7 spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely carved wheels. The sanctum symbolises the majestic parade of the Sun god and marks the apex of the the state’s architectural style.
The granary of South India, Thanjavur temple was the royal city of the Nayaks, Cholas and the Mahrattas. This temple is known as one of the architectural marvels of the world. Known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and south Indian musical instruments, Thanjavur is also famous for its distinctive art style.
The Somnath temple in Gujarat is held in great reverence throughout India. This temple is considered to be one of the first of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Sanchi Stupas attract and evoke people from all over the world. Sanchi is a place for stupas and pillars. This place is known to be one of the finest specimens of early classical art – the gateways are delicately carved and bears images from the life of Lord Buddha and King Asoka. The images carved on the pillars and the Stupas tell motivating stories from the life of Lord Buddha.
The Golden Temple located in Amritsar has a unique feature. The devotees have to step down to offer their homage unlike other temples where the devotees have to climb up to offer their salutation. The architecture of this temple is considered as the epitome of dexterity and creativity. It also represents a unique harmony between the Muslims and Hindus.