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Weekly Photo Challenge: Kirti Toran at Vadnagar – Delicate Architecture – II


Delicate – Very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality.

The town is famous for its torans, a pair of 12th century columns supporting an arch, about 40 feet tall built in red and yellow sandstone, just north of the walled town. They stand majestically on the bank of Sharmistha Talav, on a road going down from Arjun Bari. They are among the few surviving examples of the entrance gates, once a regular feature of the architecture of Gujarat in Solanki period.

the architecture is embellished with carvings of battle and hunting scenes. The one to the east is in better condition and has been used as a symbol of Gujarat in recent times. The torans might have served as an entrance to a large temple complex, but there are no remains found here.

Vadnagar Torans

Vadnagar Torans

Vadnagar Torans

Vadnagar Torans

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lothal – Delicate Architecture – I


Delicate – Very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality.

Lothal is one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization; we were taught in social studies subject in school days!!!

Lothal (a mishmash of Loth and (s) thal) – “the mound of the dead”

After the core of the Indus civilization had perished in Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, Lothal seems not only to have survived, but to have thrived for several years.

Once a sleepy pottery village, Lothal rumbled awake to become a flourishing centre of trade and industry, famous for its expertly constructed system of underground sanitary drainage, and an astonishing precision of standardized weights and measures.

That is the reason I dare to say, “It is a Delicate Architecture”!!!

Lothal - Museum

Lothal - one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization

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Lothal - one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization

Lothal - one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization

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Lothal - one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate