And you thought breaking down your Amazon boxes for recycling was creative-Japanese gamer and amateur modeler Upuaza Touryou just trashed the competition, turning his old Amazon boxes into an insanely elaborate Buddhist temple.
The sculpture took five months to assemble, sure, but discarded cardboard boxes have never looked so good. If only the boxes had come with perforations to pop out and make such a thing for anyone... [Kotaku
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Ten Most Stunning Architectural Wonders in India
Ten Most Stunning Architectural Wonders in India
The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, so it is no surprise that it headlines this list. This mausoleum was built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan over a span of 22 years, as a tribute for his beloved wife Mumtaz. The Indo-Islamic and Hindu architectural style has been used for this monument of love. The famous white marble dome rests on massive white marble terraces and is flanked on either side like sentinels by four tapering minarets. The jewel-inlaid cenotaph of the deceased queen rests within the dome.
Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang Monastery in the valley of the Tawang-chu, is the largest in India. It is quite close to the Tibetan border and was founded in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama. The spectacular monastery, also called as Galden Namgey Lhatse in Tibetan translates to ‘Celestial paradise in a clear night.’ And what a celestial paradise it is!
Nalanda has been long heralded as the primary ancient center of higher learning in India. The University of Nalanda is situated in the Indian state of Bihar, used to be a Buddhist center of learning. Legend has it, that the great library of Nalanda University was so extensive, that after invaders ransacked and set fire to it, it is believed to have burned for three months.
The magnificent Group of Monuments at Hampi in state of Karnataka is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 56 musical pillars in the Vithala temple complex at Hampi, which have been constructed in such a manner, that when they are struck, each one emits a unique musical tone. The main centre of pilgrimage at Hampi is the Virupaksha temple, the site of the ancient city of Vijaynagar, which dates back to the first half of the fifteenth century. It consists of three towers that are nine tiered and rise to a height of 160 feet.
The Iron pillar of Delhi dates all the way back to the 4th century A.D., and highlights ancient India’s accomplishments in metallurgy. One the pillar, one can find Sanskrit inscription in Brahmi script, which tells the story of how it was erected in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II and in the honor of the Hindu god, Vishnu. This unique pillar is made of 98 percent wrought iron and has truly stood the test of time, without decomposing or rusting for more than 1600 years. The Iron pillar stands 7 meters tall, 17 inches wide at the base and 12 inches wide at the top.
The Surya mandir of Konark is famous for its richness and intricacy of its sculptural work and for its architectural grandeur. Derived from the words Kona (Corner) and Arka (Sun), the entire temple has been constructed to resemble a chariot of the sun god, with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings, and 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter. The entry to the temple is guarded by two massive lions, and the seven horses appear to be dragging the temple.
The Ajanta and Ellora caves are representative of the prowess of the ancient Indian painters and sculptors. The thirty Ajanta Caves were constructed in 2nd century BC, with paintings on religious themes surrounding Buddha. The Ellora caves are rock-cut shrines that represent three different faiths, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is famous for its intricate workmanship, striking proportion, sculptural embellishment and architectural content. Both caves have been named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are symbolic of India’s ancient architectural grandeur.
The Harmandir Sahib, also known colloquially as the "Golden Temple", is a Sikh Gurdwara situated in the city of Amritsar, Punjab. Constructed in Sikh architecture style, this exquisite temple is intricately designed and from pure gold. The temple is built on a 67 feet square platform, right in the middle of the sarovar and has doors facing all four directions – North, South, East and West. Visiting the Golden Temple during sunrise or sunset is truly a life-changing experience that one should experience at least once in their lifetime.
Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, was built in the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar and was the capital of the Mughal Empire back in the day. This breathtaking building of Mughal design, which translates to the ‘City of Victory’, amalgamates Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist elements to create something truly unique. The stunning courtyards in the building lead to a monolithic mosque, a drum house, the spectacular Gateway of Triumph, a tomb and a 5-story palace.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, earlier known as Victoria Terminus, was constructed in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. This magnificent structure has been created in the Victorian Gothic style by F.W Stevens, with neo-Gothic features embellishing the exterior and interior.