Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Ajmer the land of composite culture was founded by Dushyant Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and till 1193 A.D., it remained to be a major center of the Chauhan power. Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims.

The Dargah:

Situated at the foot of a barren hill, Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti's Dargah is India’s most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths.


Shahjahan’s Mosque:

This is located in the corner of the inner court of the Dargah. It is a magnificent building designed in white marble with a long and narrow court having low arcade and delicate carvings with trellis-work.

The Museum:

Once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar, houses a rich repository of the Mughal and Rajput armour and exquisite sculptures.


This is a remarkable structure, a great masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture located on the outskirts, of the city, just beyond the Dargah.

Pushkar Lake:

Pushkar lake is 11 km away from Ajmer. It is believed that, this lake was created by Brahma.

Pushkar Fair:

Millions of pilgrims gather at the lake during the annual cattle fair. Clothes, household items and leather goods all are available in the fair.

Man Mahal:

By the banks of the Pushkar Lake there is the former residence of Raja Man Singh of Amer, Man Mahal which is now converted to RTDC Sarover Tourist Bungalow.

Approachable by all means Ajmer is yet another place that showcases it's cultural heritage. India is a colourful and vibrant land which is a blend of various faiths, cultures, customs and languages that form a composite whole. Today in the 21st century India is carving a niche for itself.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Karnataka The Elevated Land

Karnataka has a rich cultural heritage. Also called as 'Elevated Land' Karnataka is the lineage of Indian rulers like Mauryas, Chalukyas, The Hoysalas. Diverse religion and languages had contributed a lot in its ethnic grandness.

Karnataka which is a home of various Kodavas, Konkanis, and Tuluvas tribes encompass huge amount of majestic festivals, music, drama and royal cuisine.

Elevated Land

Hampi Festival: It is celebrated in the remembrance of the aura of Vijaygarh kings. The festival is celebrated in the month of November.

Tula Sankramana: Also known as theerthodbhava is celebrated in the month of October.

Vairamudi Festival, Pattadakkal, Holi, Makar Sankranti, Dusshera , Diwali, Kambala also called as Buffalo Race, Hoysala Mahotsava are celebrated in full frolic and vivacity.

The culture of Karnataka can be revealed in the form of music and dance. Karnataka patronizes Bharatanatyam, the great dance style of South India. Karnataka's richness in culture and tradition, is famous for it's excellent amenities.

Education is given a place of priority by the people of Karnataka. Classical Folk Theatre Yakshagana is very famous for its classical folk theatre Yakshagana.

The contribution of Karnataka to the diversified culture of India is no less deficient to that of any other states of India. Its contribution in the fields of art, music, religion and philosophy are just awesome. The rich heritage of culture of Karnataka makes an ideal tourist spot.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blend of cultures Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh showcases many different flavours of tradition and culture. The state is a home to people who follow the major religions of India. Apart from them, numerous colourful tribes makes a great cultural collage of the state.

Blend of cultures Madhya Pradesh

The culture of Madhya Pradesh is a blend of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Sikhs. The tribal communities of Madhya Pradesh comprises of different tribes like Bhils, Gonds, Oraons, Kols, Bhilalas, Murias and Korkens, etc. Go through this article to get a glimpse of the cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh. The tribal people live in hills and forests.

Madhya Pradesh became an Indian state in 1956. The modern-day Madhya Pradesh came into being in the year 2000. The state is not only the geographic heart of India, but is also termed as the cultural and religious crux of the country.

Hindi is the official language of the state. Other languages spoken are Urdu, Marathi, Sindhi, Punjabi,Gujrati etc. This state is a land that enjoys all the major religions of India. In fact, the state also upholds term 'Unity in Diversity'. Madhya Pradesh can be termed as a cultural museum of India too.

The place is blending it's indigenous cultures to its large melting pot.

Friday, December 4, 2009

India rich in cultural heritage

India since ages is a real delight for it's tourists. Number of tourists visiting India is rising day by day. Tourists come to India to know it better for its wealth of sights, cultural heritage, diversity of terrain.

If you really want to discover the real splendor of India tourism, then places like Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan, Kerala are the best choices to explore it's cultural heritage.

India rich in cultural heritage

Likewise, sacred destinations like Golden Temple, Konark temple, Khajuraho etc are the best places for those tourists who want to make a holy visit in India.

Experience and uncover the enchanting splendor of India and learn more about it's festivals like Holi, Diwali, Christmas, Christmas, etc. to get a glimpse of celebrations made by Indian people during these colorful festivals.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cultural Heritage Of Chandigarh

Indian culture has been generally marked as a blend of a wide variety of cultures from across the world. Chandigarh is one of most well-planned cities in India, which was designed by the renowned architect, Le Corbusier. The rich culture of the city stands on the multi-ethnic population.

Cultural Heritage Of Chandigarh

Chandigarh which is a land of fairs and festivals observe people celebrating Baisakhi, Gurpurab, Holla Mohalla, Lohri, Tika, Karva Chauth, Raksha Bandhan, Dusshera and Diwali with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Chandigarh cuisine offers an exquisite epicurean experience. The traditional cuisine of the place consists of typical Punjabi food, which is spicy and crunchy. The people here are very fond of desserts too.

The majority of people here in Chandigarh are Hindus and Sikhs, you can also find population of Jains, Muslims, Christians, etc here. Sikhism and Hinduism are the major religions followed in the city. Other than this religions like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Buddhism, also flourish in the city.

Chandigarh has a rich tradition of folk dances. Bhangra, Giddha, Jhumar, Luddi, Julli, Dhamal, Sammi, Jaago, Teeyan, Dankara, Kikili and Gatka are some of the popular folk dances of the city.

Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. Culture defines itself as a social scheme of shared notions, values, rituals and behaviour patterns that are practiced within a community. So lets discover the cultural heritage of this city.....

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Friday, November 27, 2009


Allahabad one of the largest cities of the State of Uttar Pradesh in India. Popularly known as the Prayag City, Allahabad located in the state of Uttar Pradesh is situated at the convergence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.


The fast developing cities in Uttar Pradesh is a well known historical city which is known for a rich historical heritage and culture. Like most parts of North India, the climate of Allahabad is mostly hot during summers and pretty cold during winters.

The climate in the city mainly remains dry all over the year. The ideal time for coming to Allahabad is between the months of October and March.

There are plenty of tourist attractions in Allahabad which are known for their historical and cultural significance. Allahabad Planetarium, Allahabad Museum, New Yamuna Bridge, Allahabad University, Patthar Girja, Allahabad High Court, Shivkoti Mahadev Temple, Allahabad Fort, Someshwar Mahadev Temple, Patalpuri Temple, Khusro bagh and Dashaswamedh Temple are the major attractions of the city.

Expore the cultural heritage of Allahabad and have fun....

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Cultural Heritage Of Kerala

Located in southwestern India Kerala have a unique culture that has made itself a popular tourists place around the world. Formed in the year 1956, Kerala has 14 districts and Thiruvananthapuram is it's capital.

Cultural Heritage Of Kerala

Most of the dance forms in Kerala are performed in connection with harvests, festivals etc. There are more than 50 well-known folk dances in Kerela. Some of the most popular ones are Kaliyattom, Mudiyettu, Kolam Thullal, Padayani, Kolkali, Parichamuttukali, Thappukali, Kuravarkali and Thiruvathirakali.

The festivals of Kerala have a big traditional history behind them. Onam, Vishu, Navaratri, Aaranmula Boat Race, Cochin Carnival, Sabarimala Festival , Malabar Mahotsavam, Aarattu, Jagannatha Festival, Thirunakara Festival , Vettukadu Perunal are some of the popular festivals of Kerala.

Cultural heritage of Kerala can be very well revealed with it's massive forts, temples, mosques, churches etc. The massive forts that showcase the fine architecture of Kerala are Pallippuram Fort, Palakkad Fort, St. Angelo's Fort, Bakel Fort, Dutch Palace.

Kerala also came in close contact with Islam. The mosques in the state are generally covered structure, with walls constructed of laterite blocks, that comprises of a large prayer hall in the centre with covered verandhas on all the sides. Charachira Jama Masjid, Nainar Mosque, Kanjiramattom Mosque, Cheraman Jama Masjid, Odathil Mosque, Malik Dinar Mosque attract pilgrims from all over the country.

St. Mary's Church, Cheriapalli, St. Mary's Church, Manarcad, St. George's Church, Puthupalli, St. Thomas Mount, St. Joseph's Monastery, Mannanam are few of the famous churches of Kerala.

The exotic cuisine of Kerala offers the most delicious and mouth watering foods on earth. Kerala is rich in coconut and fish. Chillies, curry leaf, mustard seed, tamarind and asafoetida are important ingredients for every dish.

This tranquil state is a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches with rich cultural heritage.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cultural Heritage Of Orissa

Located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal, Orissa is the modern name of ancient republican nation of Kalinga. The cyclone prone state in India has a beautiful cultural heritage that comes out in a great form of handicraft items and amazing folk dances.

Orissa has a distinctive cooking style which is the major part of the heritage. Both sun-dried and par-bolied rice is the staple food of the people. Rice is used in almost every dish. Non-vegetarian food is also included in the diet of the Oriya people.

Cultural Heritage Of Orissa

Handicrafts of Orissa are filled with wide variety of arts and crafts in the state is that it has witnessed the rule of many rulers. When the talk is about the folk performances of India, Oriya dances truly deserve a special mention. Orissa has a rich cultural heritage in terms of music and dance.

Some of the famous folk dances of the state are Kathi Nacha (Stick Dance), Medha Nacha (Mask Dance), Naga Nacha (Snake Dance),Sakhi Nacha or Kandhei (Puppet Dance), Ghumra Nacha, Mahari Nacha, Jatra Nacha (Folk Theatre), etc.

Orissa being the major musical centers of South India, comprises of Odissi music which is a combination of four distinctive kinds of music, namely, Chitrapada, Dhruvapada, Panchal and Chitrakala.

The official language of Orissa is Oriya, which is spoken by approximatlely 84 percent of the population. It is also one of the most prominent and one of the oldest languages of India.

The other major languages spoken in the state are Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Telugu. English language is spoken only by a few literate people in Orissa.

Orissa has been inhabited by several tribal people. It is a combination of nearly 62 distinctive tribal groups. Orissa is a great combination of religions that consists Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Vaisnavism, and Saivism etc.

So get ready to know more about the state and have lots of fun !!!!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cultural Heritage of Punjab

Punjab has a long history and rich cultural heritage. Approximately, 92.2 percent of Punjabi is spoken in Indian Punjab. The Vedic and the later Epic periods of the Punjab were socially and culturally the most creative.

Let's have a look at the few important aspects of cultural heritage of Punjab-

Cultural Heritage of Punjab

Folk Dances-

Bhangra Dance- Originated in the Western Punjab, Bhangra season starts with the wheat sowing. The dancers move around the 'dhol' drummer in a circle. Colourful clothes that mainly consists of flowing turbans, chadra (covering for the lower body) and long kurtas (shirts) and waistcoats make it a very attractive dance to watch. The Bhangra season concludes with the Baisakhi fair when the wheat is harvested.

Giddha which is the another form of folk dance is performed during family and festive occasions. It has almost the same intensity as Bhangra. In Giddha, women translate bolian-verses into gestures. The movement of the feet is very quick with the high tempo. The embroidered 'duppattas' and heavy jewellery of the people further exaggerate the movements.

Jhumar, originally from Sandalbar (now in Pakistan), has become very much a part of Punjab's folk heritage. This is a graceful dance based on a Jhumar rhythm. Dancers circle around the drummer and sing graceful lyrics as they dance. Jhumar is performed exclusively by men.

Luddi is a male dance of Punjab to celebrate a victory in any field. Only a loose shirt and a loincloth are used as the dress code. Some tie turbans, others tie a Patkas, which resumbles a scarf across the forehead.

Kikli- This is generally popular with the younger girls. The girls form pairs, crossing their arms, hold each other`s hands and whirl around singing folk songs.

Talking about the Punjabi cuisine, the Punjabis cook rice only on special occasions. Rice is eaten with the added flavours of cumin or fried onions with Rajma or Kadhi. In winter rice is cooked with jaggary known as gurwala chawal or with peas called matarwale chawal or as a delicacy called Rao Ki Kheer which, is rice cooked on very slow flame for hours together with sugar cane juice.

Mah ki Dal, Sarson Ka Saag and Makkee Ki Roti, is the major food of Punjab since years. Meat curry like Roghan Josh and stuffed parathas and the main masala in a Punjabi dish consists of onion, garlic, ginger and a lot of tomatoes fried in pure ghee.

Punjab is a blend of many communities and cultures.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Cultural heritage of Silicon Valley of India

Bangalore or Bengaluru is very well known for it's rich cultural heritage and industrial accomplishments. Bangalore which has already acquired the status of the IT Capital has a fusion of the old and the new culture.

Arts and Crafts consists of elite bungalows and impressive palaces. The interiors of these bungalows are adorned with arts and crafts, whose beauty cannot be described in words.

 Silicon Valley of India

Bangalore languages comprise of all the languages spoken in the state of Karnataka. The major launguage of Bangaloreans is Kannad. Apart from Kannad, English is also quite widely spoken here.

People belonging to various religions, castes and communities live here. Hinduism is one of the major religions of Bangalore. The major economic hub and the fastest growing major metropolis in India, Bangalore enjoys a moderate type of climate throughout the year.

Visit the Silicon Valley of India and explore more about it's cultural heritage.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Udaipur the city of lakes is situated in the state of Rajasthan in western India. Udaipur has been favourite place of the Rajputs. This beautiful city has received a rich cultural heritage from the bygone age.


having tropical climate the city has adopted the life style of big cities; still it becomes necessary for you to know more about the cultural heritage of the city. Udaipur receives ample number of tourists from all over the world every year.

Festivals and fairs depicts the cultural prosperity of Udaipur. The lakes, temples, forts and palaces boast about the rich heritage of this city. Let's here discover about the people, cuisine, language, religion, folk dance and music of Udaipur.

Dominated by Jainism and Vaishnavism, Udaipur cuisine mainly comprises of vegetarian dishes. Food is usually made from lots of vegetables and lentils, seasoned with a great variety of spices. Delicious food like dried mango i.e. 'Ocra' and beans of 'sangri' is accompanied by many meals.

Dressed up in typical Rajsthani dress, the Bhil tribe loaded with loads of silver jewelry welcomes you with all love and affection. The traditional attire of women is ghaghra choli or skirt and blouse and for men, angrakha or Kurta and dhoti would do.

In order to communicate, Mewari is the primary language of Udaipur, yet Rajasthani, Hindi and English are also common in the city. Other than following Jainism on high note, rest of the religions include Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.

Udaipur would never let down the dance and music lovers. The dances that are famous all over Rajasthan of Udaipur are Bhavai, Ghoomar, Kachhi Ghodi, Kalbeliya and Terahtaali.

Dance of Dandi Gair is associated with Marwar and hence with Udaipur. Talking about music, Morchang, Naad, Tanpura, Sarangi and many other instruments are used to echo the courts of Mewar rulers.

Visit Udaipur to explore more about it's cultural heritage !!!

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Treasure Trove country India

India is a rich cultural heritage country in the world. Rich with musical, culinary and handicraft traditions from generations to generations several cultural tours organised in India help people to discover India's facets .

Treasure Trove country India

The cultural tour packages of North India takes you to the periodic eras of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The historical monuments at various places in India very well showcases the deep-rooted culture and tradition within India.

The festivals and fairs in Rajasthan, Goa and Kerala are the major attractions that bring out the real picture of India's culture. The Gangaur festival, Pushkar festival, International Kite Festival, Camel fair etc in Rajasthan; Carnival in Goa; Holi in Madhya Pradesh; Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra; Elephant festival, Boat carnival and Onam in Kerala etc compelte your cultural odyssey in India.

The Taj Mahotsav that is celebrated in Agra, the Khajuraho Festival in Khajuraho, the Konark Festival in Konark, etc in India are the cultural festivals that make a deep impact on every mind.

India welcomes you to tour the breathtaking places to explore the culture and traditions of India.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has a great cultural heritage that evolved through the rule of dynasties that ruled the state during various phases of history. However, Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanized states of India but most of the people still live in villages.

Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, there is an established caste system with traditional differentiations a lot more pronounced than in many other parts of India. About 80 percent of the people living in Tamil Nadu follow Hinduism and substantial percentage of population follows Christianity and Islam.

The main language spoke in Tamil Nadu state is Tamil is rich heritage of literature and one of the 18 languages mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution. Besides Tamil Nadu, Tamil is also spoken by a number of people in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Mauritius and Malaysia.

The cultural heritage of Tamil nadu can be well depicted with it's religion. The main religions in Tamilnadu are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism. Cuisines also in a or other helps to explore the culture heritage of the place. Like all other South Indian states, Tamil Nadu is also known for a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians.

Some of the most common and popular dishes of Tamil Nadu are idly, dosai, vada, pongal and Uppuma. Coconut chutney and sambhar form a part of most of the Tamil dishes. Tamil Nadu which is rich in it's tradition of heritage and culture still continues to flourish.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Kolkata the cultural capital of India

Kolkata is very well known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Kolkata which was the former capital of India was considered as the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought. Kolkata has often been called as the cultural capital of India.

Kolkata the cultural

Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Oriental and Indo-Islamic motifs. The Indian Museum that was established in 1814 is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collection of Indian natural history and Indian art.

Kolkata's cuisine include rice and fish curry, with rasagolla, sandesh and mishti doi i.e.sweet yoghurt that is a dessert. Street foods includes dishes like fried battered eggplant slices, flatbread roll with vegetable or chicken, mutton, or egg stuffing, deep fried crepe that is also addressed as phuchka with tamarind and lentil sauce and Chinese food from China Town in the eastern parts of the city are quite popular.

Durga Puja is the most important and the most glamourous event in Kolkata that in a way shows the cultural heritage of Kolkata. Other notable festivals that are celebrated with pomp and show are Jagaddhatri Puja, Diwali, Eid, Holi, Christmas, poila boishak (new year), Saraswati puja, Rath Yatra and Poush parbon (harvest festival).

Book Fair, Dover Lane music festival, Kolkata Film Festival and National Theatre Festival are the cultural festivals of Kolkata. Mostly appreciated for Indian classical music as well as Bengali folk music, the city is also rich in literary traditions.

Explore the cultural heritage of Kolkata and get soaked in the festivals, traditions and culture of the city.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chittaurgarh Fort

Rajasthan which is considered as the land of royals, has a past that is rich in heritage. Forts in Rajasthan are it's identity. Every city of Rajasthan has forts be it Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Bikaner.

Chittaurgarh reveals the real pride and glory of Rajasthan in the form of its various forts and monuments. Chittaurgarh is a ruined citadel where the royal past lives in the imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chhatris. The entire Chittaurgarh echoes with the tales of romance and valor which is very much unique to the Rajput tradition.

Chittaurgarh Fort

The fort is located on a hill that dominates the modern township of Chittor. The fort was sacked three times between 15th century and 16th century. Each time the men fought bravely rushing out of the fort walls charging the enemy but lost every time. The fort has seven gates, the Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and the main entry gate of Ram Pol.

Main attractions of this fort are-

Kirti Stambh which is a seven-storied structure with a cramped stairway of 54 steps.

Vijay Stambh is also called as the Victory Tower. This tower can even be seen from the town, which is located below the fort. The tower was built around the 15th century AD.

Chittaurgarh Fort

Sammidheshwara Temple is near this tower. Gaumukh reservoir and the palace of Queen Padmini are important spots to the south of the Rana Kumbha Palace.

The fort with its impressive location and colourful history is the main source of attraction in Chittor town.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Dunagiri- Heritage Destination

Dunagiri is an historic area in the Indian hill state of Uttarakhand. Dunagiri is 250 miles away from Delhi. Dunagiri is a mixture of six small villages. Dunagiri is also a living example for the cultural heritage of India as it has been regularly visited by Rishi-Munis of India who established their ashrams here in the midst of nature.


Dunagiri’s Cultural Heritage tours will amaze the tourists in a richly layered experience, at the same time tourists can explore the beauty of nature, history, culture, people and places of India. Surrounded with mountain belt, Dunagiri leaves you thrilled with the pristine, tranquil and calm environment.

An experience like no other, Dunagiri Cultural Heritage tour will take you direct on a journey that is really relaxing for your mind, body and soul, which will stay with you forever. Dunagiri is a heaven itself.


The very rich and complex religion Hinduism is known as the oldest living religion or the oldest living major tradition in India. This is the world's third largest religion after Christianity and Islam.


Also known as "Sanatan Dharma" or the everlasting religion Hinduism is mainly based on the concept that human and animal spirits come back to earth to live many times in different forms. The Hindu culture is a combination of love, respect, honor.

According to Hindu religion a person is born into the higher class because he or she must have done good deeds in past life whereas a person taking birth into poverty and shame because of misdeeds in past life. Hinduism believes in the concepts of reincarnation, the caste system, merging with Brahman, finding morality, and reaching Nirvana which means the peaceful escape from the cycle of reincarnation.

Hindu religion purely beliefs that the paths to salvation include rituals, devotion and the way of knowledge. Some popular Hindu deities include Durga, Krishna, Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman, Kali, Murugan, Venkateshwara, Nataraja, Rama, and Lakshmi.

The main Hindu scriptures are Sruti (what is heard), Smriti (what is remembered) the Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Upanishads, the Puranas and epics. According to Hindu religion there are 330 million Gods worshipped in various Hindu traditions.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Srikalahasthi Temple

Srikalahasthi is a small holy town which is also known as the Dakshin Kasi of India is situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh that is a tributary of pennar river. It is believed that Lord Shiva hailed in 12 different forms and the one here is called the Vayu Lingam which means hailing in the form of Air. The linga is in white color and is considered as Swayambhu.

Srikalahasthi Temple

The name of the Srikalahasthi comes from SRI - Spider , KALA- Snake and HASTHI which means Elephant. The whole beauty of animals worshiping can be seen on the shrine.

It is believed these three animals worshipped lord shiva and attained salvation. The main entrance to the temple is crowned with a smaller tower. The amazing architecture of this temple represents the Chola, Pallava, Pandya and Krishnadevaraya style of architecture.

Goddess Bramarambhika Devi who is said to bestow divya gyan to the devotees is the goddess of welfare and education. The Goddess Brahmarambhika holds a lotus flower in her hand which can be seen no where in india. This flower is considered as the symbol of Wisdom.

Srikalahasthi is also surrounded with number of places of interest:

Sri Kanaka Durga Temple which is situated on the hillock of the north of the temple.

Sri Subramanyaeshwara Swamy Temple is found on the hillock along the east side of the Srikalahasthi temple.

Sri Baktha Kannapa Temple is situated on the hillock along the south side of the mail temple.

Situated adjacent to the main temple is the Pancha Mukeshwara Temple.

Timings for darshan to this temple are every day morning 6.00 to night 8.00.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Devigarh Fort

India is well established with the rich culture and traditions. The Indian culture helps to know more about Indian cultural heritage through fairs and festivals, arts and crafts, language and literature, Indian cuisine and diverse religions.

Devigarh Fort

Devigarh is a fort palace which is situated in the old Aravali Hills of Rajasthan. Devigarh is an 18th century fort palace in the village of Delwara near Udaipur in Rajasthan. The city has a rich cultural heritage.

The village of Delwara, which comprises of the Devigarh Fort takes pride in housing four 14th Century Jain temples. It is a 450 year old village and consists of Muslims, Jains, Rajput and tribal people.

Devigarh palace is about 45 minutes drive from Udaipur and has good transportation networks. Udaipur has road, rail and air network with all major cities in India. The major attractions to Devigarh palace include:

Bapparawal which is a small lake which is about 3 km from Devigarh Fort.

Udaipur is about 40 minutes drive from Devigarh Fort and is one of the most beautiful cities in India.

Eklingji being a temple complex it consists of 108 temples made of sandstone and marble and is only 5 km away from Devigarh.

Ranakpur city is situated about 110 km from Devigarh has some of the beautiful Jain temples with excellent carvings that with no doubts depicts the beauty of Indian craftsmanship.

Nathdwara has a 18th Century Temple that is dedicated to Shti Nathji and Nathdwara is just 24 km away from Devigarh fort.

Nagda near Devigarh has a cluster of temples with stone carvings. It is situated about 6 km from Devigarh.

Devigarh fort palace has turned into a luxury hotel today and it gives a clear picture of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cultural heritage of City Of Nawabs

Lucknow very well known as the City Of Nawabs is famous for its traditional cuisine, arts and people you will ever find in India. The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784. The fourth Nawab of Awadh, Asaf-ud-Daula built this monument. The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments whose central hall is said to be the largest arched hall in the world. The monument remains open from morning 6am to evening 5pm.

The famous historical landmark of Lucknow is the British Residency. Today, the British Residency of Lucknow serves as a government office. It also has a museum that is well-maintained by the authorities.

Chattar Manzil is a very famous tourist attraction which has been remodeled to serve as an office for the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI).

Cultural heritage of City Of Nawabs

The Jami Masjid is located in the heart of the city of Lucknow. The structure has a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

The Rumi Darwaza of Lucknow is one of the most impressive architectural structures in India.

The culture of Lucknow is still very much alive and retains its old world charm even today. Lucknow is a wonderful place that can be visited just about anytime through the year. Best time to visit Lucknow is between October to March. Feel the touch of royal splendor that very well in it's own way reveals the heritage of the city.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cultural Heritage Of Goa

Goa is bounded with festivals and fairs around temples and churches which also commemorate eaily legends. They are the occasions when a Goan peasant manifests joy and happiness.

Heritage Of Goa

Bhandap is a traditional folk dance that is performed by the womenfolk of the scheduled tribe community. Corredinho-Portuguese Folk Dance is another peasant dance which is popular among Goan elite youth. Dekhm-Beauty dance is performed only by women and it displays a rare blend of Indian and Western rhythms.

Dhangar Dance is performed in Navratra days. Fugdi and Dhalo is a folk dance again performed by women. Ghode Modnr is 111 commemoration of the return of the Ranes after victories over the Portuguese in Bicholim and Satari Taluka.

Goans are very proud of their state but often lack firmness in dealing with issues related to government utilities, administrative corruption and horrendous government services. Religion is very important to the Goans. Let it be Catholic, Hindu or Muslim. Churches, Temples and Mosques will be found all around Goa.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

India nominates 20 heritage specimens to UNESCO

Twenty specimens of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India have been nominated by the country this year for the first time to UNESCO for recognition.

India Nominates 20 heritage

These very clearly include the Kolam ritual of Tamil Nadu, where designs are drawn on the porches of houses, Nacha folk dance of Chattisgharh, Chatriyam music of Assam, and Sankirtan dance of Manipur and the veena tradition.
The Ministry of Culture and the state governments this year made special efforts and have been able to put forward 20 nominations to UNESCO this year. Jawhar Sircar Secretary (Culture) said at present there are only three recognized heritage specimens Kutiyattam which is the famous Sanskrit Theatre of Kerala, the tradition of Vedic Chanting and Ramlila- the traditional performance of Ramayana, which have been included from India.

We hope that all the nominations would be given due recognition.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Classical dances reveals the cultural heritage of India

Classical dances quiet clearly reveals the cultural heritage of India. In India each dance form will have its own specialty and grace, along with a set pattern of costumes and make-up.

These different form of classical dances set the true meaning to the glory of India.

Bharatanatyam is the most popular of Indian dances and belongs to the South Indian state of Tamil nadu.


It is believed that Chakiarkoothu dance was introduced to Kerala and is performed only by the members of the Chakiar caste. This is a highly orthodox type of dance which is staged inside temples only.

The Chhau dancer very well communicates the inner emotions and themes through cadences of body flexions, movements and kinetic suggestions.

Another classical dance form is Kathak where the themes of Krishna, Radha, Shiva, Parvati and mythological characters find a exact place.

Kathakali is a story play or a dance drama. Kathakali is limited to decorative dance movements.

Koodiyattam is the oldest surviving link with ancient Sanskrit theatre that is practised in Kerala. This dance form consists of some popular Sanskrit dramas like Ascharyachudamani of Shaktibadra, Subhadradhananjeyan of Kulasekara Varman, Abhisekha Nataka and Swapnavasavadatta of Bhasa, Kalyana Saugandhikam of Mahendra Vikrama and Bhagavadajjukiyam of Bodhayana.

Krishnattam presents eight successive nights that reveals the entire story of Lord Krishna, and the dance style is almost alike Kathakali.

Kuchipudi, like Kathakali is also a dance-drama tradition which derived it's name from the vilage of Kuchipudi in the Southern State of Andra Pradesh. The female roles are also enacted by men till date.

Manipuri dances are a part of the daily life of the Manipuri people. This dance is presented as a group dance with gorgeous, colourful costumes with soft movements.

Mohini Attam as a dance form has developed in Kerala. This dance form is performed by women. Mohini Attam follows the Bharatanatyam dance form.

Odissi is considered as the oldest classical Indian dance on the basis of archival evidence.

Ottan Thullal is performed solo and it is also known as the poor man's Kathakali.

Yaksha Gana belongs to Karnataka which has a rural origin. Its heart lies in Gana meaning music. It is about 400 years old.

Every part of a dance conveys some meaning in the graceful motion of a dancer. The various dance forms have also developed a particular form of make-up for the performance, which is a skill by itself. Each dance form and style have their own traditional patterns set down.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A heritage destination- Thousand Pillar Temple

The Rice Bowl of India Andhra Pradesh is a blend of dances, delectable cuisine, ingenious arts and crafts, glorious religions, sculpture and wonderful people. Temples also play an important part in exploring the cultural heritage of the state.

Many grand stone temples still stand in South India. Apart from the main fixed stone deities, processional deities made up of gold, silver, copper, zinc and tin are bathed, dressed, decorated for various festivals throughout the year.

The richer the temple, the more elaborate the festivals. Temples also reveal the cultural heritage of South India as temples often vary in their appearance, rituals, traditions, festivals and customs from region to region.

Approximately 4 kms from Hanumakonda crossroad the Thousand Pillar Temple in Warangal district is located which is a fine specimen of architecture and sculpture. It is the main attraction of Hanamkonda. The temple was built by 'Rudra Devi' in 1163 AD.

The temple very well helps to reveal the South Indian culture and it is constructed in a star shaped design and has 3 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.

The temple is built on a 1 m. high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. There are many small lingam shrines that surround the gardens.

The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture. The culture of Andhra Pradesh is an integral part of the rich cultural heritage of the country. Come and worship to fulfil your dreams at Thousand Pillar Temple.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Tirupati Balaji Temple- Heritage Destination

Hindu temples are large and magnificent with a rich history. The temples of Andhra Pradesh State not only consists of religious but also historic value and are rich in their cultural heritage.

Tirupati Balaji Temple

Some of the famous temples in Andhra Pradesh, are Lepakshi Temple, Thousand Pillar Temple, Tirupati Temple, Srisailam Temple, Mukhalingam Temple, Jain Mandir, Chennakesava Temple, Gunupudi Someswara Temple, Chennakesavaswami Temple, etc are some of huge importance.

Tirupati Balaji Temple is one of the most visited temple of India and this temple is also of greater significance in the country. The Tirupati Balaji Temple is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage centre that is mainly linked up with Hindu mythologies, the temple is famous for its historic shrine of lord Venkateswar.

This temple is located on the Venkatam Hill and the temple is one of the richest temples of the country. The main deity worshiped at the temple is lord Venkateswar or lord Balaji, who is believed to be the incarnation of lord Vishnu, one of the most revered Hindu god.

The architectural style adds more importance in the temple's glory. The 10 feet high standing figure of lord Venkateswar on a lotus pedestal embodies the best sculptural work. Worshiping before the holy figure of lord Venkateswar lets one witness the rich South Indian culture and rich traditions.

There are also several other temples like Papavinasanam, Vaikuntha Tirtham and Tumburu Tirtham famous for sightseeing. Come and make a wish.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jainism Culture

Jainism is an ancient religion of India and is rich in it's cultural heritage. Jainas, the followers of Jainism, are found all over India from ancient times. The Jainas strictly follow their religious practices in their daily lives.

Jainism Culture

That is why Jainism could survive in India for the last so many centuries. The Jainas, in this way, succeeded in continuing to exist as devout followers of a distinct religion in India. Jainism encourages spiritual development and self-control.

The main aim of Jainism is to realize the soul's true nature. Those who have attained moksha are called siddha liberated souls, and those who are attached to the world through their karma are called samsarin. Jain religion is unique and upholds nonviolence as the supreme religion and has insisted upon its observance in thought, word, and deed.

Vegetarianism is a way of life for a Jain. The practice of vegetarianism is seen as an instrument for the practice of nonviolence and peaceful, cooperative coexistence. Jains are strict vegetarians.

In their Namaskar Mantra Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from their Gods, the Tirthankaras or from monks and nuns. They do not pray to a specific Tirthankara or monk by name. By saluting them, Jains receive the inspiration from the five benevolent for the right path of true happiness and total freedom from the misery of life.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Indian dance and culture

India cultural heritage is unique because of its diversity and variety in physical, religious, racial and artistic fields. In India religion is believed to be a way of life.

Indian dance

Many dances, theatrics and folklore are religious and based on Indian mythology and a person can very well understand the culture of India. Indian tradition of theatre is rich and comprises with the ancient rituals of the country.

Dance has played an important role in the birth of theatre. There are many kinds of folklore depending on certain content such as festival songs, work songs, marriage songs etc. Festival and religious songs are usually accompamied by a suitable dance form.

It is believed that Lord Brahma created Natyaveda. Sage Bharata who wrote Natya Shastra which is a great comprehensive work on the science and technique of Indian drama and through this medium, common man was presented with the Ithihasas, Puranas, and Mythology.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Himachal Pradesh and its culture

Himachal Pradesh is a blend of several religions, culture as well as it is a multilingual state like other Indian states. Some of the most commonly spoken languages includes Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Dogri, Mandeali, Kangri and Kinnauri.

Himachal Pradesh

The Hindu communities living in Himachal Pradesh include the Brahmins, Rajputs, Kannets, Rathis and Kolis. Tribal population in the state comprises of Gaddis, Kinnars, Gujjars, Pangawals and Lahaulis. Their traditional dresses includes dhoti, kurta, coat, waistcoat, turban and a hand towel while that of the Rajput male consists of tight fitting churidar pyjamas, a long coat and a starched turban.

Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people. Music and dance reflects the cultural heritage of the state. There are number of other fairs and festivals that play an important role to Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachalis cuisine is very similar to the rest of the north India. Some of the specialities of Himachal food include Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and Til ki chutney.

The people of Himachal have rich cultural heritage and you must visit Himachal as to know more about their cultural and religious life.

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