Category: Architecture


Yes, this site is BangaloreCaptured, but then I thought to put each and everything which is useful, interesting and delighted. This is a report of the land of enlightenment – Bodh Gaya.   In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is believed that 250 years after the Enlightenment of the Buddha, Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya. He is considered to be the founder of the original Mahabodhi temple. It consisted of an elongated spire crowned by a miniature stupa and a chhatravali on a platform.

Please enjoy some of the pictures and share your comments.

Mahabodhi temple - under construction

Mahabodhi temple – under construction

A view of Buddha in Mahabodhi temple

A view of Buddha in Mahabodhi temple

The actual place of Buddha where he got his eternal education

The actual place of Buddha where he got his eternal education

Lotus display in Mahabodhi temple

Lotus display in Mahabodhi temple

Various place of enlightment

Various place of enlightenment

Mayabodhi temple view from pipal tree

Mayabodhi temple view from pipal tree

One more depiction of Buddha

One more depiction of Buddha

The process of enlightenment

The process of enlightenment

One more interpretation of Budha

One more interpretation of Buddha

Budha display in Mahabodhi temple

Budha display in Mahabodhi temple

Rock Pigeon outside the Mahabodhi temple

Rock Pigeon outside the Mahabodhi temple

Budha Vietnami temple

Budha Vietnami temple

Budha display in Vietnami temple

Budha display in Vietnami temple

Gandhi message in Vietnami temple

Gandhi message in Vietnami temple

Japanese Buddha Temple in Bodh Gaya

Japanese Buddha Temple in Bodh Gaya

Japan temple in Rajgir

Japan temple in Rajgir

Japan temple in Rajgir

Japan temple in Rajgir

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Nalanda – ancient center of learning

Nalanda was a religious center of learning from the fifth century AD to 1197 AD. At its peak, the university attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet, China, Greece, and Persia.Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army under Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193.

A new university is coming up there and A P J Abdul Kalam is accepted the offer for guidance.  Enjoy some of the pictures, I have taken at my last trip.  In 2006, Singapore, China, India, Japan, and other nations, announced a proposed plan to restore and revive the ancient site as Nalanda International University.

 

A floor up - We can witness some of the class room designs

A floor up – We can witness some of the class room designs

The main learning center building

The main learning center building

Back view of the main study center

Back view of the main study center

Study center will small classes

Study center will small classes

View of the oldest study center

View of the oldest study center

University was spread in the area of 14 hectares

University was spread in the area of 14 hectares

One more view of the spread

One more view of the spread

hostel area of the university

hostel area of the university

Vibrant market outside

Vibrant market outside

 

Wiki depicted the old university: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Nalanda_layout_1b.JPG

The Collections

The Collections- A shopping mall to call it, but it has many things to attract you. The first thing is its architectural beauty.

Located in the heart of the city and in a well known street, Vittal Mallya Road. This can be called as one of the most expensive shopping place where the products are worldclass. Not many shops as seen in other regular malls.

There are many good hotels and restaurants especially to have your dinner. There you get to see many people from other countries spending their time and relaxing. The UB city office is very next to this mall.

In most of the seasons, the mall is decorated with many attractions. Weekend is comparatively crowded and a flavor of colorful nightlife is seen there which is missing in this city all the time.

If you do not live in Bangalore and planning to visit sometime, this is one of the place, you can mark in your list.

The Parsi Tower of Silence, BIAL Road

On my way to and from the Bangalore International Airport, one building often catches my eye:

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I have long known the custom of the Parsi community to dispose of their dead by exposing the bodies to the elements and to the sun. I vaguely remember being shown a “Tower of Silence” in Mumbai, many decades ago.

I googled for “Tower of Silence”, and got this link about

Dakhma, transliterated as “Tower of Silence”

I was not sure if the Tower of Silence in Bangalore is being used now…but a little digging produced

this link to an article in the Hindu

…which seems to say that it was, at least, nearly three years ago. Today? I do not know.

Instead of being in a remote area, it is now right alongside a major highway; and in any case, vultures, the main birds who would feed on carrion, are so depleted in this area that there is just a tiny population about a dozen birds or less, in Ramnagara, even though the article says the lack of vultures is not an issue.

As I seem to see this place only whizzing past on the way to the airport or to Nandi Hills, I asked my friend Bhavita Toliya to click a few photographs, and though she didn’t venture into the place, she sent me this beautiful photo of the winged-disk design:

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1940 seems, (71 years ago), not all that distant a date in history when this place was constructed; and it serves as a reminder of how rapid the change in our city has been.

There is also an inscription in Gujrati, of which I can read only the first two words, “Sri Jahangir”….

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I do wonder what the rest of the plaque says.

To see another interesting article about the Parsis,

click here

For an article from Citizen Matters.

Bhavita was told that another place has been acquired, and this will probably be “developed” into an apartment complex.

And so, perhaps, another landmark of our city will disappear….

For the people living in Bangalore, its almost rare that someone has not passed by Cubbon park. A wide spreaded forest area, located in the heart of the city. There are small big trees all around, contributing to the name of the city as Garden City. Roads running all around and across the park. There are 5 entrances to this big forest area.

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During night, its gets a beautiful look with lights on. Intentionally or unintentionally I always try to divert my route through this place to have some cool fresh air.

In the central part, there is a round shaped grass land, roads running around. Especially Sunday evening is a good time to see a huge crowd there. Mostly the families with kids, spending time together, sitting, relaxing on the grass, playing some games etc.

District Library:
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The red color building is a good attraction obviously for the people landing there for the first time. I never got a chance to go inside this District Library. Needless to menton, the building draws attention for its rich architecture. In the night, the red color of the building gets more brighter with the focusing of bright light on it.

A closer view of the building.

I went to attend a wildlife photography workshop by Rathika Ramaswamy, for Pixetra…but that’s not what this post is about. As I walked to the venue, I saw this old house…

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I mused on when the house was built, how proud the owner (Mr Vaz) must have been to see this bungalow coming up in the beautiful city of Bangalore….here, you can see his name in the gate-post, and the name of the present owner…

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I can say, “It Vas a nice house, once!”

Today, the house is taken over by weeds, and in the grip of Strangler Figs:

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The old order changeth, yielding place to new….I wonder what has kept this house from disappearing, too, with a multi-storied glass-and-chrome building taking its place…litigation, is the most likely answer.

A little torn page out of Bangalore’s history; no doubt, it will soon flutter into oblivion.

St.Mark’s Road, Bangalore, 050811.

NTACH Bangalore invites you to the  next Parichay, which will take place on 26 June 2011, at Nandi and Sultanpet, near Nandi Hills. A heritage walk here gives you the chance to walk through 1000 years of history and architecture! There is plenty to see including a temple dating back to the 9th century, a tiny 200-year-old cemetery from the days of the Raj, and a ruined but beautiful mosque attributed to Tipu Sultan. There will also be a visit to a potters’ community.

 

There is a fee of Rs. 120/- for this Parichay. There are limited seats so please email ahead to register. INTACH will respond to you.

Bus Stop Design….

I find that BBMP/BMTC combination  has been experimenting with various designs for bus stops…but still, a very vital piece is missing from almost every bus stop that I see. This…is a board that should, at the very least, announce what bus routes are going through the stop. Why is there no provision for this essential piece of information on any bus stop, when there seems to be so much space devoted to advertising?

Another instance of the BMTC/BBMP being less  user-friendly than they should be. All it takes is a little imagination..or observation, when our top officials go junketing to Singapore to “learn” from the public transport there.

I went to conduct an interview yesterday, and from the 11th floor of the building (guess which one it is!) I took these shots of central Bangalore as it is today (or was, yesterday…maybe a couple more buildings have mushroomed!!)

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Prof Ramani of TTK says that he used to be able to see clear up to Nandi Hills!

Yesterday, thanks to Vittal I went to visit the Nimishamba temple in the village of Ganjam, 2 km from Srirangapatna. It was a lovely visit, to a temple peacefully set on the banks of the Kaveri. As photography inside the main temple is banned, I could click only these deities in the outer “prAkAram”…but look at the beautiful way they have been adorned! Here’s Ganesha: vinayaka nmshmba tmpl 290311 and here’s Anjaneya or Hanuman: anjnya nmshmba tmpl 290311 More photographs, and a short account, are here Here is the gopura of the temple, smiling in the sunshine: nmshmba tmpl gprm 290311 The visit,and the trip to Ranganathittu, were wonderful and could not be blighted by the loss of my mobile phone early in the morning!

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