Saturday, September 12, 2009

Heritage Monuments


1. Jaisalmer Fort,Jaisalmer       2. Mangyu Monastery, Laddakh    
3. Saint Annie's Church,Goa    4. Qila Mubarak, Patiala
 1. Jaisalmer Fort:
Jasialmer fort is one of the largest desert fort in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city of Rajastan state in India. It was built in 1156AD by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the ruler of Bhati Rajput. The fort is on the Trikuta hill of the Thar desert. The main attractions inside the fort are:

1. Raj Mahal (Rayal Palace)

2. Jain Temple

3. Laxminath Temple and

4. 4 massive gateways.

This fort is also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden fort of Rajasthan.

    2. Mangyu Monastery:
    Mangyu is a small village near to Ladakh. It has Buddhist monasteries. It is a place for Buddhist to worship, meditate and for religious teaching. It is believed that these monasteries were built more that 1000 years by Lhotsava Rhin-Chen-bZanf-PO (956-1042AD). The monasteries are simple in exterior look, but very rich in interior. All rooms are very grand with paintings and Stucco images. The art works of these monasteries have not only the influences of Western Tibetan but also the style of Kashmiri.
    These monasteries are located at isolated areas without any busy and rush of routine life. So this peace of atmosphere makes it a major attraction centre for tourism.


    3. Saint Annie’s Church,  Goa:
    The origin of the church date back to 1577 in the form of a chapel constructed by Jesuit priests attached to St. Paul’s College of old Goa. It was reconstructed as church in 1681 under Msgr. Francisco de Rego and completed in 1695 by Fr. Antonio Francisco Da Cunha. The church is situated on the river bank of Siridao and is a blend of Indian and European architectural style. The feast of St. Anne is on 26th July of every year.

    4. Qila Mubarak:
    Qila Mubarak is a historical National Monument of India, in the heart of the Patiala city of Punjab State. It was founded by Baba Ala Singh in the middle of 18th century as a military stronghold. Originally it was a mud fort. Later it was reconstructed in to the present form, spread around 10 acre, with a massive gate having beautiful arches.
    The fort has two painted chambers, that illustrated the history of Hindu mythology and Sikh Guru’s portraits.  The two portions are called Qila Androon (inner fort) and Qila Mubarak (outer fort). Androon is a single inter connected building.


    These  heritage structures are now under the preservation of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage ( INTACH). 
    India Post issued four commemorative stamps of Rs 5.00 each on 28.01.2009 to respect these heretage structure. Also issued miniature sheet costing Rs.20 and a first day cover.

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