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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Lord Brahma sculptures in South Indian temples

These are photographs of Lord Brahma sculptures in South Indian temples from a vintage book on South Indian sculptures of 19th century (1916).

This is Brahma and Sarasvati sculptures in Kandiyur temple.

This is Brahma on Swan Vehicle sculpture in Chidambaram temple.

This is Brahma sculpture in Kumbakonam temple.

This is Brahma sculpture in Seven Pagodas(Mahabalipuram).

This is Brahma Sculpture in Tiruvadi temple.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Beautiful Indian sculpture photograph

These are  photographs of a beautiful Indian sculpture. This beautiful Indian Sculpture remind us about the glory and significance of Indian Sculpture, Indian Heritage and Culture.


ఇవి ఒక అందమైన భారతీయ శిల్పము యొక్క పొటోలు. ఈ శిల్పము మనకి భారతీయ శిల్పకళా వైభవాన్ని మరియు భారతీయ సంస్కృతీ సంప్రదాయాల యొక్క ఔన్నత్యాన్ని  మనకి గుర్తుకు తెస్తుంది.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Rani Sirpri's Tomb Ahmedabad vintage postcard and photographs

Rani Sipri's Mosque (Gujarati: રાણી સિપ્રી ની મસ્જીદ) also known as Rani Sipri ni Masjid or Masjid-e-nagina, formerly known as Rani Asni's Mosque, is a medieval mosque in the walled city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. This mosque was commissioned in 1514 by queen Sipri, the wife of Mahmud Begada. a Sultan who ruled Gujarat. It is also known as Masjid-e-Nagina (Jewel of a mosque) because of the intricate jali carvings on its walls.

Construction:  The mosque is named after the Hindu queen of Sultan Mahmud Begada, Rani Sipri. The queen commissioned this mosque in 1514 A.D. when her husband executed their son for some misdemeanor. After her death, the queen was buried in this mosque. Inside, there is also a Jenana, a separate area for women to worship.

Architecture : The Jali screen work that includes flowing plants and trees is the prime attraction of this monument. Similar intricate Jali work can be seen in other Islamic architectural monuments in the city like Siddi Sayyed Jali and Sarkhej Roza.

The above text courtesy on Rani Sipri's Tomb is from Wikipedia website. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rani_Sipri%27s_Mosque

In my collection i have one vintage postcard of Rani Sipri's Tomb, Ahmedabad.

These are 2 different photographs of Rani Sirpri's Tomb from a vintage book of 1874.

Temples of India sketches from "India illustrated with pen and pencil" vintage book

These are Temples of India sketches from "India illustrated with pen and pencil" vintage book of the year 1891.

I found this "India illustrated with pen and pencil" vintage book in archive.org website. https://archive.org/details/indiaillustrated00urwi

This is Black Pagoda at Konark temple sketch.

This is Gopuram at Kumbakonam temple sketch.

This is Grand Pagoda, Kancheepuram, Gopuram and Sacred Tank of Kancheepuram temple sketch.

This is Grand Temple of Bhubaneshwar sketch.

This is Hindu Temples Benares sketch.

This is Pagoda of Chidambaram temple sketch.

This is Pagoda Tirunalveli temple sketch.

This is Sreerangam temple sketch.

This is Tanjore (Tanjavur) Temple sketch.

This is Temple of Jagannath, Puri sketch.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Mughal Emperors of India vintage postcards

These are some Mughal Emperors of India vintage postcards in my collection.

This is Akbar and Hig Begam vintage postcard.

This is Shahjahan and Hig Begam vintage postcard.

This is Shahjahan Begam vintage postcard.

This is Shahjahan's Durbar vintage postcard.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Ancient Huge Bell in Padmalaya Temple near Erandol in Jalgaon district

Padmalaya village situated 10 Kilometers from Erandol in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra. 'Padmalaya' in Sanskrit  "padmasya Alaya" means "Home of Lotus". There is an ancient temple which of Lord Ganesha is totally built using stones.

This temple was renovated by Shri Sadguru Govind Maharaj in 1912 which was built 1200 years ago.  This temple has very beautifully carved interior & exterior. Around the temple there is a very beautiful lake with several Lotuses next to temple. Hence the place got the name of "Padmalaya". The important feature of this holy place is that there are two idols of Lord Ganesha placed on single dais called as ‘Vyaspeeth”. This is a unique place of its own type in the world. The two self existent (Swayambhu) Ganesh idols called Aamod and Pramod are in the sanctum. These two idols are known as “ Prawal ganesh”. One idol has its trunk curving to the right and the other to the left. Padmalaya Kshetra is regarded as the half Ganapati Peeth among the two and a half Shree Ganapati Peeths in India. There is a hall immediately next to the sanctum. A huge 5 ft tall mouse carved in stone is placed in this hall. This temple is located at the top of a hill. The main temple has small Ganapati temples on all sides. The padukas of Shree Govind Maharaj are located in front of the main entrance of the temple.

There is a huge bell weighing about 440 kgs. made from 5 metals. It is believed that the bell sound was loud enough that it could be heard in Erandol which almost 10 Kilometers away. 

We can also find a huge stone grinder having radius of 3.5 ft. It’s very heavy and even 10 well built person cannot even move it.

In my collection i have a special cover  "Ancient Bell of Padmala temple". This special cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Department on the occasion of Mahapex 83 (Maharashtra Philatelic Exhibition) on 12th November,1983.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Holy Kedarnath Temple vintage postcards

Kedarnath Mandir (Hindi : केदारनाथ मंदिरKēdārnāth Maṃdir ) is one of the holiest HIndu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located atop the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the end of April to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon). During the winters, the murtis (idols) from Kedarnath temple are brought to  Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. In this region Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the 'Lord of Kedar Khand', the historical name of the region. This temple is a Paadal Petra Sthalam (the 275 Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent), praised by the Tamil Narayanas saints in the 6th-9th century CE.

The temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 km uphill trek from Gaurikund.  The temple is believed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. The older temple existed from the times of Mahabharata, when the Pandavas  are supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath . The temple is also one of the four major sites in India's Chota Charm Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.

The above text courtesy from wikipedia website. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kedarnath_Temple

In my collection i have 4 different Holy Kedarnath Temple vintage postcards.