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#VarahaTemple is located in #Pushkar, #Rajasthan, India, a land famous for relics of the glorious royal dynasties of old days in the form of palaces, forts and temples. Natural beauty also abounds, and there are lakes and mountains. So why should religion be far behind? Indeed, Pushkar celebrates Hinduism, and Varaha temple is one of the finest testaments to that. It is dedicated to the worship of one of the chief Hindu gods, #LordVishnu, and the avatar that is celebrated here is the one of a boar. Lord Vishnu incarnated as a boar, or Varaha, is worshipped in temples all around India, and this is another example. It is very attractive to tourists and has architecture that is remarkable, consisting of a dome at the top, white walls and even pillars.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is a large and imposing structure in the city of #Ajmer in #Rajasthan, India. A large number of architectural members and sculptures of #temples are lying inside the verandah of the complex.

The structure was used as a #mosque up to 1947. After the independence of India, the structure was turned over to the Jaipur circle of ASI (Archaeological survey of India) and is today visited by people of all religions, as a fine example of a mix of Indian, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Jain architectures.
#RanakpurJainTemple (also known as Chaturmukha Dharana Vihara) is a Jain temple dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha. #RanakpurTemple is one of the largest and most important temples in Jain culture. It is considered as one of the 5 most sacred places for Jains. The name of the temple is borrowed from the village named #Ranakpur in the #Pali district, which lies between Udaipur and Jodhpur in #Rajasthan. Adinath, Neminath, Parshvanath, Surya, and Amba Matha are the deities  worshipped here. Among them, the Adinath temple that is, Chaumukha, is the most famous and well known.
#SafdarjungsTomb is a sandstone and marble mausoleum in #Delhi, India. It was built in 1754 in the late #MughalEmpire style for Nawab Safdarjung. The monument has an ambience of spaciousness and an imposing presence with its domed and arched red brown and white coloured structures. Safdarjung, Nawab of Oudh, was made prime minister of the Mughal Empire when Ahmed Shah Bahadur ascended the throne in 1748.
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#JagMandir is a palace built on an island in the #LakePichola. It is also called the "#LakeGardenPalace". The #palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of #Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three #Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the palace was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh and finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh. It is named as "Jagat Mandir" in honour of the last named Maharana Jagat Singh. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties. The palace served as a refuge to asylum seekers on two separate occasions.
Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata Temple is a #Hindutemple located on the Machla Magra Hills, near the #DoodhTalaiLake in #Udaipur, Rajasthan. It enshrines the stone idol of #KarniMata. One can have very beautiful view of whole city and its lakes from the temple as well as while climbing. The walk is pollution-free as no vehicles can enter in the hill boundary.

The #KarniMataTemple is located very much near the center of the #UdaipurCity. It is around 24 km away from Udaipur Airport, and just 4 km from Udaipur City railway station and Udaipur City Bus Depot. Visitors can also take local Tongas, auto-rickshaws and taxis to reach Doodh Talai. Karni Mata Temple can be reached via ropeway.
Bara Imambara, also known as Asfi Imambara is an imambara complex in #Lucknow, India built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh in 1784. Bara means big. This imambara is the second largest after the Nizamat Imambara.

The design of the Imambara was obtained through a competitive process. The winner was a Delhi architect Kifayatullah, who also lies buried in the main hall of the Imambara. It is another unique aspect of the building that the sponsor and the architect lie buried beside each other. The roof of Imambara is made up from the rice husk which makes this Imambara a unique building.

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The #UdaipurSolarObservatory (USO) is in #Udaipur, #Rajasthan in India on an island in the #FatehSagarLake. The sky conditions at Udaipur are quite favourable for solar observations. Since the observatory is situated amidst a large mass of water, air turbulence which occurs due to ground heating by sun's rays is decreased. This improves the image quality and accuracy (average between 1-2 arc seconds).

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#RajivGandhiGarden is one of the big gardens in #Udaipur, #Rajasthan, India. It is situated near the back of #FatehSagarLake, and contains a statue of Late #RajivGandhi, besides several other attractions like spacious children's park and a food court.

Rajiv Gandi Garden was built and inaugurated on 8 May 2008 by political leader Vasundhara Raje. It was built in memory of Late Rajiv Gandhi, who was the youngest Prime Minister of the Nation. This garden has beautiful fountains, trees and greenery, many statues depicting wildlife and animals throughout the garden, showing importance of plants, wildlife and conservation of water. It gives an impression of Mysore's Brindavan Garden. Besides this, there are numerous other attractions nearby like Sanjay Garden, Shilpgram, Fateh Sagar, Saheliyon-ki-Bari etc.
Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of Sikhism, located in the holy town, #AnandpurSahib, near #Chandigarh, the capital of the state of #Punjab, India. The #museum celebrates 500 years of the #Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of #Khalsa, based on the scriptures written by the tenth and last human guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It serves to attract tourists and pilgrims. This results in a consultation between religion and emerging need in the building environment. One side it promotes hand crafts to locals as well as nurturing a sense of heritage, besides it recalls to infinity by the volumetric interference of existing skyline is another phase of a visible Urbanism dilemma.
Stunning shot of the Swarga mandap in the Khidrapur Temple!

#KopeshwaraTemple is at #Khidrapur, #Kolhapur district, #Maharashtra. It is at the border of #Maharashtra and #Karnataka. It is also accessible from Sangli as well. It was built in the 12th century by Shilahara king Gandaraditya between 1109 and 1178 CE. It is to the east of Kolhapur, ancient & artistic on the bank of the Krishna river. Even though Silaharas were Jain kings, they built and renovated various Hindu temples, thus depicting their respect and love for all religions. Kopeshwara means angry Shiva in Kannada.
#SriVenkataRamanaTemple located in #Mulki is a 12th century temple dedicated to #SriVenkateswara (another form of Lord Vishnu). Mulki is situated on the banks of River Shambavi on NH 17 between Mangalore & Udupi. Sri Venkataramana, Bindu Madhava, Lord Vittala and Ugra Narasimha are worshipped in this temple.

The history of the place indicates that Sri Vijayendra Yathi of Kashi Mutt installed the image of Ugra Narasimha belonging to Vijayanagar here in 1565. Mulki was earlier known as Mulikapur, once ruled by Samantha kings. Now one can see the palace and the old ruins of the fort of Samantha Kings. The Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple and the temples of Somanath and Narayana are the other shrines of the Mulki.
Qila Mubarak, is a historical monument in the heart of the city of #Bathinda in #Punjab, India. It is recognized as monument of national importance and maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. It has been in existence from 1100-1200 AD in its current place and is the oldest surviving fort in India. It was here that Razia Sultan, the first woman to take charge of the Delhi throne was incarcerated on her defeat and dethroned. The bricks of the fort date back to the Kushana period when emperor Kanishka ruled over Northern India/Bactria. Raja Dab, along with emperor Kanishka, is believed to have built the fort.
The Takht Sri Darbar Sahib Damdama Sahib, Fourth Takhts or Seat of Temporal Authority of Sikhism, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib is in #Bathinda in #Punjab, India and is the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, prepared the full version of the Sikh scriptures called Sri Guru Granth Sahib in 1705. The other four Takhts are the Akal Takht, Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Takht Sri Patna Sahib and Takht Sri Hazur Sahib.
The #KailashaTemple is the largest of the rock-cut Hindu temples at the #ElloraCaves, #Aurangabad District, #Maharashtra, India. A megalith carved from a rock cliff face, it is considered one of the most remarkable cave temples in the world because of its size, architecture and sculptural treatment, and "the climax of the rock-cut phase of Indian architecture". The top of the superstructure over the sanctuary is 32.6 metres (107 ft) above the level of the court below, although the rock face slopes downwards from the rear of the temple to the front. Archaeologists believe it is made from a single rock.
The #OpenHandMonument is a symbolic structure designed by the architect Le Corbusier and located in the Capitol Complex of the Indian city and union territory of #Chandigarh. It is the emblem and symbol of the Government of Chandigarh and symbolizes "the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind". The largest example of Le Corbusier's many Open Hand sculptures, it stands 26 metres (85 ft) high. The metal structure with vanes is 14 metres (46 ft) high, weighs 50 short tons (100,000 lb), and was designed to rotate in the wind.
The #AdiyogiStatue is a 34-metre-tall, 45-metre-long and 25-metre-wide steel statue of Shiva with Thirunamam at #Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is recognized by the #GuinnessWorldRecords as the "Largest Bust Sculpture” in the world. Designed by #Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, it weighs around 500 tonnes.
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"Dakhni Sarai of Jalandhar(Punjab)"

This beautiful monument called #DakhniSarai is located in #Jahangir village of #Jalandhar district on Nakodar – Kapurthala road at a distance of about 25 km from #JalandharCity. It was built around 1640 by Ali Mardan Khan a noble in Mughal court during the reign of Emperor Shahjahan. Dakhni Sarai was basically a rest house built for Mughal caravans .

During the Mughal period, a lot of Sarais were built for the soldiers of the king to rest while travelling. And a good number of Sarai were built along the old highway from Delhi to Lahore as it was a popular route. Most of these Sarais have remarkable built and these serve as example of architectural excellence of the Mughal times. One of such beautifully built Sarai is Dakhni Sarai of Jahangir village.