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By Bhavana Akella
In Rajasthan’s stark desert hinterland, Jolpa, a small village inhabited by a poor farming community, has been the home to a uniquely architectured historic temple for more than 800 years. It was only when their iconic temple began to deteriorate that the Jolpa people came together to value its history.
The temple, located in Jhalawar district, is believed to have been constructed in 1356 A.D. by a satrap of the Gagron kingdom, Chandra Bhan Singh Khichi Chauhan.
The architecture of this temple, where the deity Jalpa Chandra Bhan has been worshipped for centuries, has a very traditional construct. With no mortar or limestone, the structure has interlocked stones on the fulcrum principle – adding to symmetry and beauty.
The place grew popular as not just a religious center but as a hub for cultural activities.
As the temple is left on its own to battle extreme weather conditions for over three decades, deterioration begins, making the villagers desperate to restore it. Their pleas to the local sarpanch, member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and others have proved futile.
“The temple stood as a unique element about the village. I called the villagers for a meeting and challenged them that only they can save their temple. That is when this small farming community set its steps to pool in nearly 11 lakh rupees,” Thakur Ranvir Singh, the state convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), told IANS on phone.
All the villagers have been selling their farm products and raising money to preserve the temple, the name of which stood synonymous with the identity of the whole village. With the villagers’ desire to keep the restoration process close to the classical form that it was constructed in, classical craftsmen have been deployed to task.
Singh lamented that in the current “state controlled system where priority is industrialization, there is gross negligence in the upkeep of heritage and identities.”
He added that if history has to be preserved in any corner of the world, “people must become their own custodians and not rely solely upon the governments.”
“There can be no better example of what people’s participation, to restore their village’s personality and pride, can accomplish,” the culture preservation expert said.
The villagers have a new-found enthusiasm about their community and have formed a restoration committee by themselves to undertake the operations, Singh said.
With INTACH’s support extended, the restoration operations in Jolpa are under way and the villagers hope it will soon bring the place back to its classical form. (IANS)
Retail therapy is one thing, but nothing beats a beauty binge that's easy on the pocket. Nykaa's once-a-year, beauty and fashion haul -- the Pink Friday Sale -- begins on November 24 featuring over 2,400 participating brands.
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Reflecting modernity and bringing together elements of individuality, inner-style and zeal, Ruani marks its entry in the modern retail jewellery segment with the launch of its flagship store launch in the heart of Mumbai city.
Harnessing the power of the collective consciousness, Ruani's Jewellery Collective is India's first powerhouse of leading global and national jewellery designers, who have come together to become the first-ever meeting point of jewellery and personal style but most importantly to revel in the Joy of Adorning.
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Ruani as a name means 'From the soul' since it is this intangible soul that creates our most solid connection with each other. The brand is here to create these soulful connections; between jewellery designers and their designs, the wearer and their jewellery, and between one woman to another, to create a sisterhood that builds everyone stronger together.
A place for marvelous things, it houses some of the most exciting jewellery designers with distinct points of view on the contemporary global Indian woman. For now, it opens doors with 03 promising International and 10 renowned Indian designers, showcasing an array of exquisite jewellery pieces that are timeless and unique to each individual by Suhani Pittie, Varuna D Jani, Shachee Shah, Aditi Amin, Sonal Sawansukha, Sankesh Surana, Latika Khanna, Chayya Jain, Akshat Ghiya, Marie Cabirou, Mike Saatji and Anabela Chan.
Jewellery doesn't just adorn the body but ignites our soul. Harping on the same belief, Ruani is the brainchild of celebrated jewellery designer and adornologist Varuna D Jani. Hailing from the family behind Popley, one of India's most renowned jewelers, she grew up with an instinctive understanding of the trade. It's co-founder, Divyesh Shah comes with a strong experience and knowledge of the gems and jewellery industry and together, they have curated jewellery that will be created and sold as enhancers to express every woman's individual identity.
Varuna D Jani expressed, "We are extremely delighted to launch Ruani and bring to you passionate designers while broadening the horizons for the jewellery lover in you. It will be our constant endeavor to provide customers with unique yet unmatched quality jewellery pieces, each telling you a story of its own. We aim at taking the jewelry experience in India a notch higher and give our customers the true 'Joy of Adorning'."
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The store is designed by UAE based interior designer-decorator Deepa Mehta Sagar. By using free flowing lines, she was able to give dynamism to the view. The plan is a curved horizon which in its movement embodies the constant change in our evolving lifestyles. The essence of the fluidity of the design planning was to ensure that the jewellery lies in the realm of decorative arts, and we hold a beautiful piece at the same level as a timeless sculpture or painting. The end product: an interactive space such that with every step you take you create your own micro-spaces and moods. (IANS/PR)
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By Dr. Chiranjiv Chabra
Rashes, dry and flaky patches of skin are some of the most prevalent skin issues during winter. As the intake of fluid decreases during the winter, dehydrated skin becomes a battleground for various skin issues. Therefore, iIt is important to prepare our skin ahead of time for the severe winters.Homemade DIY treatments might work, but they are not all that helpful in solving all your winter skin problems.
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Let's put a focal point on what our skin needs during winters:
In winter, we often feel that our skin does not need exfoliation because we haven't stepped out much. But, in reality, winters give rise to dead skin cells. This in turn clogs the follicles and acts as a barrier to the radiance of the skin. Therefore, exfoliate your skin twice a week to get rid of the dead skin buildup. Exfoliation also helps to boost the effectiveness of serums and moisturisers, thereby helping to maintain the perfect level of hydration.
Look for the right moisturizer
Beating the chilly winter air is equally as tough as escaping the summer heat. You have to find the right moisturiser that locks in the essential oils in your skin for a longer period of time. Ensure that you are applying that moisturiser twice a day. If you have extremely dry skin and hands, you can opt for an oil-based moisturiser during the winter. Water-based moisturisers are great for summer, but in winter they are not effective as they dry up your skin too often. You can select from shea butter to rich green tea and even rejuvenating fruit butters for intense hydration.
As hyaluronic acid comes with truck loads of benefits, including skin hydration, anti-wrinkle agency, healing agent, and antioxidant, skincare experts across the globe suggest that hyaluronic acid is the best way to maintain hydration during winter. It is suited for all skin types, and skin experts recommend that one should look out for hyaluronic acid-based products when their skin requires hydration. Profhilo has added a new and popular treatment that has gained popularity in recent times. It works by injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin's layers, resulting in visibly hydrated, healthy, and rejuvenated skin.
Face masks can remove the dirt from the skin. Unsplash
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DIY facemask for winters
Face masks can hydrate your skin, remove the dirt and help in improving the pores of the skin. Applying honey and malai (milk cream) facemask is one of the best natural moisturising creams that you can apply on your skin to make it supple and soft. Honey helps to clear your skin off the bacteria that are responsible for the growth of pimples and acne on your face. Mix a tablespoon each of milk cream and honey in a bowl and mix them well. Apply the mixture on your face and skin and leave it for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Pat dry your skin and see the result. (IANS/PR)
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