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Jaipur: The Pink Jewel of Rajasthan reflects the History and Culture of India

Notably, Jaipur is a part of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of must-visit destinations, along with Delhi and Agra

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Pink City Jaipur. Image Source: experienceauthenticindia.wordpress.com
  • Established by the ruler of the Amber kingdom, Sawai Jai Singh, the city is interestingly nicknamed as the ‘Pink City’
  • The credit of designing this royal town goes to Vidyasagar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar from Bengal
  • Apart from the architectural marvels, the city also accommodates a number of temples

Built in the late-1700s, Jaipur was India’s first planned city. Located in the eastern Rajasthan, the royal town is known for its architectural marvels and aesthetic beauty.

Established by the ruler of the Amber kingdom, Sawai Jai Singh, the city is interestingly nicknamed as the ‘Pink City.’ The tale behind its name is also a remarkable one. The city earned the name around 1905-1906 when the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur. In a desperate attempt to revamp the town it was decided that the city would be repainted. However, owing to lack of sufficient hues, the entire city was covered in pink shade, mentioned the scmp.com article.

Notably, Jaipur is a part of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of must-visit destinations, along with Delhi and Agra. With fantastic attractions spread across the city, its rich cultural heritage is reflected the best in its architecture and monuments.

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The credit of designing this royal town goes to Vidyasagar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar from Bengal. Bhattacharya constructed these architectural charms in line with the science of Indian structural design ‘Shilpa Shastra.’

Apparently, the city was constructed in nine rectangular blocks. Seven out of these were built for civic purposes and the remaining two for palaces and state buildings. The city was protected by the city wall and the entrance was through seven burly gates.

Tourists visiting Jaipur. Image source: www.jaipuronline.in
Tourists visiting Jaipur. Image source: www.jaipuronline.in

According to the pinkcity.com report, it took almost four years to finish the major palaces, roads and squares of the city.

Some of the stellar monuments from the city are:

  • Built in 1592, Amber Fort displays a beautiful amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. Brimming with the greenery of the Aravalli Range Valley, the fort is at its best during the spring or summer season. Tourists generally enjoy the view from the hilltop complex on an elephant, from where they can see the structure’s four distinct areas.
  • The fort’s primary attractions include an impressive hall, the Sheesh Mahal that is covered with several tiny mirrors and Shila Devi Temple, which has magnificent silver doors.
  • Other two exquisite castles in the vicinity of the fort are –Jaigarh and Nahargarh.  Housing world-record-sized cannon called Jaivana, Jaigarh is a castle with fortified red walls.
  • Accounting for the waning splendour of the Madhavendra Bhawan palace, Nahargarh is one of the most visited edifices in Jaipur.
  • Other pieces of brilliant architecture in the town include multi-storeyed City Palace complex and the mirage-like Jal Mahal. Interestingly, the City Palace complex still serves as a royal residence.

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  • Unesco World Heritage-listed, Jantar Mantar, is another remarkable monument in the city. Constructed as an observatory in the 1720s, the stone fabrications designed as sophisticated instruments were used to quantify time, trail stars, and calculate the coming of eclipses in early days.
  • Apart from these monuments, the city also accommodates a number of temples. Govind Dev Ji, Moti Dungri or Galtaji are some of the most renowned temples in Jaipur.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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Exclusive: Documentary ‘The Absent House’ talks about the Need of Sustainable Development

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‘The Absent House’
A still from the documentary ‘The Absent House’
  • The movie is directed by Ruben Abruna and was showcased by CMS Vatavaran at India Habitat Centre
  • The documentary is based on how Fernando got the idea of doing more with less from Buckminister Fuller and built a house that has no roof
  • In the times of climate change happening so fast, ‘The Absent House’ delivers a message that we can live without harming the environment 

June 29, 2017:

Is there a need at all to show some accountability for sustainable development? How will it affect the modern world? Well, needless to say, we have to do lots to save up resources for the future generations and not wasting them. NewsGram got in touch with CMS Vatavaran on the film “The Absent House”.

What is sustainable development?

Well, sustainable development is one such form of development that consists of usage of energy resources that can be used again and again without harming the environment so that the planet can be saved for the future generations to come. The term sustainable development came into being when people understood the fact that the resources they are using are not environment-friendly and they need to save the planets for their future generations to come and perish on this planet just like we did.

Nowadays, a lot of discussions are going on for sustainable development in India and CMS Vatavaran is one such foundation which works for the environment. It showcased its documentary film ‘The Absent House’ from the annual film festival at the India Habitat Centre on 19th June 2017. The film is based on the Puerto Rican architect Fernando Abruna Charneco who made his home without roofs and giving priority to our very own mother nature. People called him crazy for being a visionary on the making a house without a roof but they didn’t understand the purpose behind it but when they understood about the project, many people have started considering him as a true visionary towards climate change.

The documentary is based on how Fernando Abruna Charneco got the idea of doing more with less from Buckminster Fuller, who invented the Dymaxion Car and Geodesic Dome. The house that Fernando built has no roofs but that is for the room to be properly ventilated and being lit most of the time. So that is would not be wasting energy. He also made the house in a way that it doesn’t require any water or electricity. All the water is stored from the rainwater and the electricity is supplied by the sun so that the resources do not contribute to pollution of the environment. Even the toilets are water free so that the water isn’t wasted.

In the times of climate change happening so fast, ‘The Absent House’ delivers a message that we can live without harming the environment by sustainable development and can leave the earth and resources for the future generation.

The movie is directed by Ruben Abruna and was showcased by CMS vatavaran who is going to host their 9th edition of CMS vatavaran film competition and the organisation CMS (Centre for Media Studies) is a non-profit development research and facilitative think tank which works towards responsible governance and equitable development.

– Reported by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Exclusive: Photo Exhibition Documents Japan’s Sacred places and Pilgrimages in New Delhi

India & Japan Celebrate 50 Years of Cultural Relationship With The Exhibition

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A woman looking at the photographs at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi
  • It showcases natural and cultural heritages in Japan which were added to world heritage list of the UNESCO 
  • The photo display of heritage sites are from Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Shimane, and Tokyo
  • The photographs are of the spiritual sites such as temples and shrines of Japan

June 26, 2017:

Little Adya is very much interested in learning about art and culture of Japan and wants to know a whole lot about it. So she forced her parents to take her to visit the Photo Exhibition which is being held at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi. Upon entering the photo gallery, Not just her, but her parents too were happy to give in to the wishes of the little one and find it informative and insightful.

The ongoing exhibition at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi includes the photographic collection of a famous Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi and showcases natural and cultural heritages in Japan which were added to world heritage list of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

The photo display of heritage sites is from Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Shimane, and Tokyo. The photographs are of the spiritual sites such as temples of Japan such as the Horyo-ji Temple in Nara which was built in 607 AD by Shotoku Taishi (Politician from the Asuka period), Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto which was built by Emperor Shomu and Gyoki (a Buddhist of Nara period) and Ryoan-Ji Temple in Kyoto which was built in 1450 by Katsumoto Hosokawa and Shrines such as Kauga-taisha shrine in Nara which was built in 768 and Ujigami-jinja Shrine in Kyoto.

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The program coordinator at Japan Foundation, Ms Shalini Bisht said to NewsGram, “We have already hosted an exhibition on world heritage sites two years ago and this time we have taken only the sacred places and pilgrimages which are temples and shrines of Japan which are famous and categorized by UNESCO.”

Photo Exhibition at Japan Foundation in New Delhi

“This year is special for the celebration of 50 years of cultural relationship between India and Japan and there is a correlation between the culture of Japan and India. There are a lot of common elements in the way the Japanese and the Indian people worship and there are lot of deities from India but they have a different way of worshipping them in Japan and to bring that correlation of religion and worship, we thought we would bring this world heritage site exhibition in Japan foundation focusing on sacred places” said Ms Shalini.

She also added, “through this exhibition, I understood a lot about the ways of worship, how and when the shrines were built. I got to learn more about the comparative aspect of Indian religion and Japanese religion.”

– reported by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Nearby planetary system can be a good model of our early Solar System due to similar Architecture: Study

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Solar system. Pixabay

Washington, May 3, 2017: A nearby planetary system star could be a good model of our early solar system as it has an architecture remarkably similar to that of our own, astronomers have confirmed.

Located 10.5 light-years away in the southern hemisphere of the constellation Eridanus, the star Epsilon Eridani, eps Eri for short, is the closest planetary system around a star similar to the early Sun.

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It is a prime location to research how planets form around stars like our Sun, and is also the storied location of the Babylon 5 space station in the science fictional television series of the same name.

“It really is impressive how eps Eri, a much younger version of our solar system, is put together like ours,” said one of the researchers, Kate Su of the University of Arizona in the US.

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This study, based on data from NASA’s flying observatory, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, was published in the Astronomical Journal.

Massimo Marengo, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, and other astronomers have been studying the star and its planetary system since 2004.

In a 2009 scientific paper, the astronomers used data from NASA’s Spitzer space telescope to describe the star’s disc of fine dust and debris left over from the formation of planets and the collisions of asteroids and comets.

They reported the disk contained separate belts of asteroids, similar to the asteroid and Kuiper belts of our solar system.

Subsequent studies by other astronomers questioned that finding.

The new study used SOFIA and Spitzer data to confirm there are separate inner and outer disk structures. (IANS)