Architectural Marvels

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Published in: Oct 2017

Old Town Square, Prague Founded in the 12th century, the most significant square of Prague has been witness to many historical events. It started life as the central marketplace for Prague in 1091 A.D. The Old Town Square and the surrounding quarter form the heart of the city of Prague. The lively square is lined with magnificent buildings in different architectural styles, from Gothic to Baroque. With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe. The most notable sights on the square are the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nicholas Church. Founded in the 12th century, the most significant square... Read More

Published in: Sep 2017

Caspar Van Wittel If you want to see Rome in all its unbridled glory; teaming with tourists, hawkers, artists, street performers, thieves, priests, paupers of all descriptions, and plain old Romans out for a passeggiata, you have to go to the Piazza Navona. It was created from an existing lot in the mid-17th century on the site of the old Stadium of Domitian, a horseshoe-shaped arena for foot races built in the 1st century AD. Of all Rome's piazzas, this isolapedonale (pedestrian precinct) is one where the liveliness of Roman life is most tangible. It has long been a meeting place for the inhabitants of Rome. In past, in addition to the market, processions and spectacles were held here - inc... Read More

Published in: Aug 2017

Before Times Square, now known as One Times Square becomes the most popular building in the world once every year. On the New Years Eve, the glittering ball descends slowly from the top of this structure to mark the passing from one year to the next. Over a million people gather at this place to observe the dropping of the ball along with hundreds of millions watching at home on television. Located in the city of New York with an average of 45 million visits each year, Times Square is the most visited destination in the New York and the United States. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is also referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Univer... Read More

Venkateshwara Tirupati Temple India is a culturally diversified country and of the many faiths practiced in the world period Hinduism is considered to be the oldest living religion. In India, it has endured for thousands of years and has dotted the landscape with innumerable temples. But there is one that towers atop the hills of southern India as one of the most visited Hindu religious sites anywhere on the planet. Located in the hill town of Tirumala in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the temple dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Vishnu is believed to have appeared here to save the human race from the trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. There is something about it wh... Read More

Amber Fort - Jaipur City History Capital and largest city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, often referred to as The Pink City, was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber after whom the Jaipur city is named. He was a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled Amber from 1699-1744 which lay 11 km away from present day Jaipur. With the increasing population and growing scarcity of water, he decided to shift to Jaipur, the first planned city of India. It is now the tenth most populous city of India with a population of 3.1 million people. Many have termed Jaipur to be one of the best planned cities of our country. Before planning the layout of Jaipur city, Jai Singh consulted several books... Read More

Published in: Apr 2017

HISTORY & FOUNDATION Featured as the worlds most liveable city for the sixth time, the city of Melbourne couldnt be happier. It just adds to the citys motto, Vires acquirit eundo which means she gathers strength as she goes. Located in the southern Australian state of Victoria, the Melbourne city opens out like a fan from the shores of Port Phillip Bay, making it a home to over 4 million residents. COLONIZATION OF MELBOURNE The city was founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemens Land on the banks of Yarra river in 1835. Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and the second most populous city of Australia (the first being Sydney). The disco... Read More

Vedic scriptures refer to the sun as Surya or Aditya, the sun god. Vedas full of hymns describe the celestial body as sustainer of life on earth. Worship of Sun in India is an ancient practice. KONARK SUN TEMPLE Commonly known as Konark, it is located 35 km from Puri and 65 km from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, Odisha (earlier Orissa.) An architectural marvel, Konark derives its name from the Sanskrit word Kona and Arka, which means Corner and Sun respectively. Combined, they form Sun of the corner. The temple dedicated to Sun God has three different images of the Sun God at its three sides which catch the rays of the sun during morning, noon, and evening. Sun Temple of Konark is grandest... Read More

Parliament of India India may get a new Parliament building with latest technological facilities if a proposal mooted by current Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is anything to go by. She has said the existing 88-year-old structure is showing signs of distress and will no longer be able to meet the growing demand for space 10 years hence. However, Parliament is in distress for another reason. Its construction has been at variance with Vaastu principles. A revamp is called for and is unavoidable. It has to be done some day if the sad state of affairs of criminals making it to the top body has to be avoided, says renowned Ahmedabad based Astro-Vaastu expert Dr Ravi Rao. Highest in commanding ... Read More

The Melbourne Cricket Ground or The G Apart from being architectural marvels, Stadiums are also a massive source of entertainment, celebration, passion. Ranging from GilliDanda to International Cricket, India is actively involved in a plethora of sports. Stadiums are places for outdoor sports, musical concerts, national events, with spectator seating facility and play a great role in bringing together all types of people irrespective of caste, religion, etc. Eden Gardens is the largest cricket stadium in Kolkata, India and the second largest in the world with a seating capacity of 66,000. However, Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium located in Motera, Ahmedabad is currently under renovation and wil... Read More

It is one of the most popular buildings in the world and the place where the worlds most powerful man hangs his hat. The White House is a historical monument that houses the most influential leaders of the world including the President of the United States of America. Aerial view of the White House Until 1811, the building was referred to as the Presidential Palace or Presidential Mansion. Dolley Madison, wife of the US President James Madision from 1809 -1817, called it the Presidential Castle. The architecture of the White House is that of the Neoclassical style. It was designed by the Irish-born architect James Hoban and was personally approved by George Washington. The construction of the... Read More

Published in: Sep 2016

Architecture Perpendicular Gothic Revival The Palace of Westminster is better known today as the British Parliament or the Houses of Parliament. It was first built by Canute the Great as far back as the 11th century. The Westminster Palace is the meeting place of the two houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom The House of Lords and the House of Commons and is the Heart of British Politics. The Palace of Westminster lies on the northern bank of River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. Its name has been derived from the neighbouring Westminster Abbey which is a Gothic abbey church and represents two structures The Old Palace, a medieval building constructed first during t... Read More

Published in: Aug 2016

Rakshabandhan is a tie of protection and it pays to do it right. From the type of rakhi to buy to the direction you face during the ceremony, there are guidelines. Following these brings you the protection that the festival offers. Rakshabandhan has evolved into a bond of love and protection between a brother and a sister. On this day, brothers make a promise to protect their sisters and to keep them out of harms way. Sisters tie a thread with an amulet to their brothers wrist to protect him from evil forces. Siblings pray for each others well-being and happiness. Rabindranath Tagore expanded its scope to promote unity and harmony in society. He was the first to popularise Rakhi Mahotsav. In... Read More

Published in: Jul 2016

The word Yajna comes from the root- yaj which means to worship. The English equivalent of the word is sacrifice. Although it has several implications, Yajna broadly includes three significant elements: worshipping gods as an act of gratitude, realizing a close proximity with God and, embracing daan or giving as a way of life. We deeply owe the environment and nature our existence and sustenance in the sense that it is they who provide us with air to breathe, food to eat and water to drink. In return of these, we perform Yajna as an act of worship with reverence, gratitude and offerings. From Dr. Ravi Raos Desk:Traditionally the first Yajna reported to have done was based on Vedic rituals. Ved... Read More

Telangana has been witness to a lot of violent protests and unrest before its inception. Telangana's First Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao Today, the state is a forebearer of the principles of Vaastu. Read on... The struggle for the separation of states which started in 1948 came to an end with the split of the then state of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The current Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao formed Telangana Rashtra Samiti (T.R.S) - a party that played a key role in this split. Vaastu is know for its worth, but it is ignored and exploited. India should adopt Vaastu whole heartedly, as it is an ancient science and has proved it worth time and again. It shoul... Read More

Published in: Oct 2010

Though Mumbai city has over 1.75 lakh residential Ganeshas and over 10,000 Ganesh pandals, no discussion on Lord Ganesha can be complete without the mention of Lalbaugcha Raja. Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the most popular Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai. Located at Lalbaug in Mumbai, the Ganesha idol erected here during Ganeshotsav is popularly known as Lalbaugcha Raja. It is said that Lalbaugcha Raja has a majestic divinity to him. Any wish you make of Lalbaugcha Raja will be fulfilled. Reportedly over 20 lakh devotees visited Lalbaugcha Raja this year. On the first day of the festival, the idol is dressed in pitambar or yellow dhoti, along with a stole and a kambar patta or waist belt. The dhoti al... Read More

Town Planning Ahmedabad City - Part 2 This article is a researched article and borrows heavily from printed and electronic encyclopedias as well as material provided by our panel of research scholars, astrologers, academics and pundits. This article is in continuation of Ahmedabad City - Part one published last month. Colonial Influence In the period just after Independence and there were prior to the phase of economic liberalization Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad were the five premiere cities of the country. Of these Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai had all been developed by the British. Of these, New Delhi and Mumbai were the creations of the Britishers themselves w... Read More

Published in: Jul 2010

Town Planning Ahmedabad City - Part 1 From this month we begin a two-part series the city of Ahmedabad. We shall also be including Gandhinagar as part of the study. This article introduces the subject with detailed discussion to be followed next month. Today Ahmedabad is a unique city, even for India, for it blends harmoniously an ancient heritage with a vibrant present. A model city in terms of its ideals and aspirations, what is remarkable about Ahmedabad is its harmony between art and industry, between a reverence to the past and a vision for the future. Early History There is a legend associated with Ahmedabad. At the beginning of the fifteenth century, an independent sultanate ruled by t... Read More

Published in: Mar 2010

London Bridge - One of the world's most recognize landmarks This essay is in continuation of the one published on London, under our Town planning series last month. London is, without question, the international finance and business capital of the world, the world's greatest global financial center and the most culturally diverse city that you can find. As we mentioned last month London has grown to become one of the most significant financial and cultural capitals of the world. It is home to the headquarters of most of the UK s top 100 listed companies (the FTSE 100) and more than 100 of Europe s 500 largest and a major participant in international financial markets. London is a unique comb... Read More

Published in: Feb 2010

This month onwards the Vaastu way series will examine the history and background of some prominent Indian and international cities. We shall also see how far the town planning of these cities is in consonance or other wise with Vaastu. We begin with London. This essay draws generously from electronic encyclopedias, research papers, (published and unpublished) on the subject. It is also based on findings of our panel of astrologers and other experts on the subject. In the course of the next few issues of Vaastuyogam, The Vaastu Way series will focus on town planning. Vaastu presupposes Vaastu compliant town planning. Sadly this is not so and it makes the job of Vaastu perfect site-selection a ... Read More

Published in: Dec 2009

"One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways." -Karl A. Menninger I state it here categorically that nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. The earth has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012. The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of rumors and proposals, which predict cataclysmic events occurring on or around December 21 in the year 2012, which is said to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long Mayan Long Count calendar. These beliefs derive from speculation about alternative interpretations of mytholo... Read More