Magnificent Indian temple carved from a single rock

Magnificent Indian Temple Carved from One Giant Rock - My Modern Metropolis

An astounding structure…

What’s most amazing about the Kailashnath Temple is that it’s carved out of one single rock. Carvers started at the top and excavated downward, exhuming the temple out of the existing rock. The traditional methods were rigidly followed by the master architect, which could not have been achieved by excavating from the front.

via My Modern Metropolis.

Mumbai’s gorgeous new Namaste Tower

Stunning concept…

Mumbai, India is about to unveil a gorgeous new skyscraper to the world. Designed by Atkins Design Studio for W Hotel, the Namaste Tower aims to become a landmark structure, representing the burgeoning economic and cultural significance of India

The traditional Indian greeting of “Namaste,” where the hands are clasped together, is the inspiration for the design of the tower. In Sanskrit “Namaste” means “I bow to you.” It has a spiritual significance of negating one’s ego in the presence of another.

via My Modern Metropolis.

National Geographic 2012 travel photo contest

If these are just the entries, I can’t wait to see the finalists!

The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Last year’s contest drew nearly 13,000 images from all over the world. The pictures are as diverse as their authors, capturing an assortment of people, places and wildlife – everything that makes traveling so memorable, evoking a sense of delight and discovery.

via The Big Picture

Lathmar Holi festival, India

This looks like a lot of fun…

Traditionally a rite that celebrates the coming of spring, Holi is marked by joyous participants throwing colored water and powder. In northern Uttar Pradesh, “Lathmar Holi” is celebrated before Holi itself, and while it is a rite of spring there as well, the festival also features another layer of fun rooted in Hindu mythology.

Lord Krishna is said to have visited the village of Barsana to tease his consort Radha. Women in the town responded by chasing him away. Today women from Barsana “beat” the men from Krishna’s village of Nandgaon with sticks for singing provocative songs and throwing colored powder on them.

via The Big Picture

Indians F1 track development in full swing

Nice to see the Indians are still on track with their new F1 circuit…

WITH the first layer of the track being laid at the Formula One circuit in Greater Noida, the Indian Grand Prix has finally got a face. The abovenormal monsoons did affect construction at the track for a while but its back at full swing with over 4,000 workers on two shifts completing the work.

The main grandstands are up and most of the base of the track has settled, ready for the next layer. The 5.14km track is said to be one of the best in Asia and should provide a good challenge to the drivers.

via Mail Today