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China: Temple of Confucius gets first facelift

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Beijing, The Temple of Confucius in Qufu, a World Heritage site honoring the ancient Chinese philosopher, is undergoing a full-scale renovation, the first in a century.

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The Qufu Confucius Ancient Building Engineering Management Office launched restoration work on Saturday. The facelift is expected to take three to five years and cost $48 million, reports Xinhua.

Qufu, in east China’s Shandong province, is known as the birthplace of the sage, who lived from 551 to 479 B.C.

Confucius founded the philosophical system that has dominated Chinese social and political life for most of history after him.

His temple and family mansion have been preserved through feudal dynasties, including more than 1,300 ancient buildings, some 5,000 stone inscriptions and about 100,000 relics in the city.

In 1994, the Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius and Kong family mansion in Qufu were put on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO.

According to the Qufu Bureau of Relics, the complex contains 140,000 square meters of ancient painted buildings.

(IANS)

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7 Most Beautiful Goddess Lakshmi Temples of India

On this Diwali Day, aware yourself of the most beautiful Goddess Laxmi Temples ensembled in India and keep up your beliefs on the almighty

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Sripuram Golden Temple.
Sripuram Golden Temple. Wikimedia

Goddess Laxmi is one of the principal deities of Hindu religion. She is the goddess of destiny, wealth, and prosperity. The goddess is also worshipped by Jains and Buddhists.

On the eve of Diwali, we bring you the most beautiful Goddess Lakshmi Temples situated all over the India.

Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore

Goddess Lakshmi
Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore. Wikimedia.

Sripuram Golden Temple is one of the biggest temples in India, this Lakshmi temple is dedicated to the worship of the goddess. It is situated on a hill called Malaikodi, located in Vellore of Tamil Nadu.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi

Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi. Wikimedia.

Birla Mandir situated in New Delhi is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu. One popular fact about this temple is that it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Hundreds of devotees visit Birla Mandir during festive occasions including Diwali.

Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai

Goddess Lakshmi
Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai. Wikimedia.

Mahalakshmi Temple is an ancient temple of the goddess Lakshmi. It is situated in Mumbai. and has an interesting story behind it. After the wall of Hornby Vellard collapsed twice, the engineer dreamed of the goddess of wealth. On this very, location a statue of the goddess Lakshmi was found. Hence, the statue was put up and a temple was built.

ALSO READ: Hinduism: The Nine Basic Beliefs that you need to know

Lakshmi Devi Temple, Hassan

Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi Devi Temple at Hassan. Wikimedia.

Goddess Lakshmi temple in Doddagaddavalli relates the period of Hoysalas in Karnataka. It is one of the earliest architectural temples of Hoysala style.

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

 

Goddess Lakshmi
Ashtalakshmi Temple Chennai. Wikimedia.

Ashtalakshmi Temple is famous for various shrines of goddess Laksmi which depict all 8  forms of Lakshmi Devi. The temple is located near Elliot’s beach of Chennai.

Kaila Devi Temple, Karauli, Rajasthan

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Kailadevi Temple Rajasthan. Wikimedia.

Kaila Devi is regarded as an incarnation of Mahalakshmi or the Wealth Goddess. This temple situated in Karauli District of Rajasthan.

Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple

Goddess Lakshmi
Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple.Wikimedia.

Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple is an extremely popular Mahalakshmi temple built up in Tumkur District, Karnataka. The worshipped idol of Mahalakshmi is believed to have originated on its own.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Seven Wonders of the World : Ancient and Modern

The Seven Wonders of the World are a set of monuments which show the artistic and architectural excellence of humanity from history to the present times. Read more to find out about the ancient and the modern seven wonders of the world

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FILE - The silhouette of the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado hill stands out against the full moon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 19, 2016. VOA

The Seven Wonders of the World in the ancient times was a list made by the Greeks in order to honor the most magnificent piece of architecture in their known world. Sadly today other than the Pyramid of Giza, none of the other wonders have been able to survive the test of time. Since then a new list has been made in order to acknowledge the modern Seven Wonders of the World.

The Original Seven Wonders of the World as per the Greeks: 

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza – The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only wonder of the ancient wonder which has survived. This pyramid erected in the year 2560 BC, is known to be the tomb of the Pharaoh Khufu. It is the oldest of all ancient wonders.
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The Pyramids of Giza – Pixabay
  • The Hanging Garden of Babylon – There is not much to say about this wonder because of the fact that there is very little historical documentation about these gardens. They were built by King Nebuchadnezzar II for his wife in 600 BC because she was missing her hometown in the hills.
A Painting of Hanging Garden of Babylon – Wikimedia Common
  • The Lighthouse of Alexandria – The Lighthouse of Alexandria was 400ft tall in length and had kept its record for being the tallest building in the world for centuries. This was built around 280 BC. This magnificent structure was destroyed by several earthquakes. In 1480, its ruins were used to construct the Citadel of Qaitbay, which till date stands on Pharos Island.
  • The Colossus of Rhodes – The Colossus of Rhodes is a nearly 100 feet tall statue of the Greek sun god Helios. Built in the city of Rhodes in 280 BC, it was destroyed in an earthquake in 226 BC.
  • The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus – The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was built as the tomb of Mausoleum around 350BC. The structure was demolished by a series of earthquakes which occurred between the 12th and 15th centuries.
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia – The statue was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias, it represented Zeus seated on his golden throne. The statue itself is 40ft tall and is adorned with gold and ivory. The cause of the destruction of the statue is not clearly known but it was destroyed sometime in the  5th century.
A Painting of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia – Pixabay
  • The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus – The temple is located in Eastern Turkey. It has been rebuilt several times following its destruction every time. One memorable incident related to the temple is the fact it once burnt down the same night when Alexander the Great was born. The third temple was acknowledged by the Greeks as a wonder. It was finally destroyed for good by the Goths in 268AD.
The Temple of Artemis Ruins – Wikimedia Commons

The List of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World

On July 7, 1997, a new set of seven wonders was developed which was based on the online voting system from all around the world. The new Seven Wonders of the World are:-

  • Chichen Itza, Mexico – The Chichen Itza is the ruins of a complex in the form of a step pyramid from the Mayan civilization.
Chichen Itza – Pixabay
  • Christ, the Redeemer, Brazil – This is a 98 ft statue of Jesus Christ located in Rio de Janeiro. This statue was built by French sculptor, Paul Landowski.
Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil – Pixabay
  • The Great Wall of China – The Great Wall of China is a wall that was built along the northern border of China in order to protect the Chinese empire from the nomadic attacks from the Eurasian tribes.
The Great Wall of China – Wikimedia Commons
  • Machu Picchu, Peru – Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel which is located high up on the Andes Mountains. It is famous for its age-old stone block walls. The exact nature of use of this citadel is not exactly known.
Machu Picchu – Pixabay
  • Petra, Jordan – Petra was an ancient desert in Jordan which consists of numerous temples and tombs carved in pink sandstone thus earning its nickname as the “Rose City”.
Petra – Jordan, Wikimedia Commons

 

  • The Roman Colosseum, Rome – The Colosseum as it is famously known, is a huge amphitheater located in the center of the city of Rome in Italy. It is the largest amphitheater ever built. It was used for gladiator fights, animal matches, and re-enactment of various dramas prevalent in those times.
Colosseum in Rome – Wikimedia Commons
  • The Taj Mahal, Agra – The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum which is built in pure white marble on the orders of Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is situated on the south bank of the Yamuna River and was commissioned to be built in 1632.
The Taj Mahal, India – Wikimedia Commons

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World

CNN announced a list of wonders which were not manmade but were formed naturally over a period of thousand years. This list was given in 1992.

  • Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – Wikimedia Commons
  • The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef – Pixabay
  • The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
  • Mt Everest
Mount Everest – Pixabay
  • Northern Lights
Northern Lights -Pixabay
  • Paricutin Volcano

    The Crater of Paricutin Volcano – Pixabay
  • Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Africa – Pixabay

No list of Seven Wonders is definite. These lists tell us how much the humanity has progressed and nature has evolved over the years.  These wonders are nothing but the remainder of the accomplishments of mankind from history to the present.

Prepared by Saloni Hindocha (@siatipton)

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7 Tips that work wonders to make your house look more spacious

With these tips, you can make a small room look bigger

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Tips to make your house look more spacious
Tips to make your house look more spacious. Pixabay

New Delhi, September 10, 2017:  The festive season is around the corner, people all over India are filled with zeal and enthusiasm to celebrate festivities in a grand style.

Many people choose to host house parties during the festive season, inviting colleagues, friends, and family to share the joy with.  To make the celebrations and parties at home a memorable affair, the first thing on the list is how you choose to decorate your house? How to modify the space to make it appear more happening. Redecoration and renovation are a vital aspect of it.

There are many ways to do it, some people focus on minor details like putting up a captivating scenery or a beautiful painting on the wall, decorating the house with rare artifacts, and other such decorative pieces. Some people go for painting the house in bright colors to add a festive touch to the house. People are eager to transform their homes to bring in the festive season.

Another important aspect for an individual who wishes to style their house lies in the size of the place they are living in. Those people who reside in more spacious houses can do more in terms of experimentation as it gives them more scope to beautify their abode. But for those living in relatively smaller apartments or houses which is a reality most of the people living in our country, they wish if there were any tricks by which they can make their house appear much larger than it actually is. Don’t worry we are making  your wish come true with these creative tricks and tips:

  • De-clutter your house

 

The first and a vital rule of redecorating or redesigning small abode is by reducing clutter as much as you can. Start by removing all the unwanted items which haven’t been utilized in past few years. By getting rid of unused items will create space will create more room for more useful objects.Fewer objects in a room make it look neat and spacious than before.

  • Choose the right shades for walls

The next step is to go for the right shades for the wall. Go for light summery yet solid colors to paint the walls of your house as it allows more light to enter the room. You can also buy light colored decorative utilities as they create a bright ambiance.

  • Go for Drapes in bright hues or sheer ones

The current trend calls for adorning the room with bright colored drapes or curtains. Your house will look more spacious if you match the color of drapes with the paint on walls. Drapes in pastel colors are people favorite.

  • Pick the right furniture for your house

When you are redecorating your house for the festive season choose the right furniture that can compliments the overall theme of your house, without occupying too much space. It’s a smart move to invest in a multipurpose sofa which is sofa cum bed, in day time use it as a sofa and in night hours use it as a comfortable bed. Go for space saving furniture items like wall mounted beds, bunk beds, adjustable dining table sets etc. You can also find There are innovative dining cum pool tables in the market which is a functional  yet fun item to add to your house. To make your house look more spacious you can either go for small furniture or few larger pieces of furniture.

  • Use Decorative mirrors

Very few people know this but mirrors give an illusion of a spacious house. You can pick up either decorative mirrors in contemporary designs or antique mirrors to give an elegant touch. Apart from giving a vibe of a spacious room, decorative mirrors also give your house a trendy and chic look. The design you pick should blend with your home’s interior decor overall. These days people choose handmade macrame decorative mirrors.

  • Adorn the house with shelves

You can buy shelves for your house as it’s a useful item to invest in. Shelves saves space and decorate your walls at the same time.They come in various types like fiber glass, wood and also plastic. They can hold various objects like decorative items, books, antiques, pen stand, etc. You can also pick wooden corner wall shelves and place small decorative indoor plants to add greenery and save space.

  • Lastly, invest in wall mounted cabinets

You can explore the option of wall mounted cabinets to make your house look more spacious. It comes handy in utilizing space in small houses as you can store various objects without it occupying much space. You can use cabinets like a small pantry to store food stuff or other essentials. There are beautiful cabinets in wood and also hybrid wood in the market

Go ahead and use these creative ideas to make your house look more spacious and festive ready!


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