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image10India is blessed with numerous stone monuments in all parts of the country. The stone structures of India are known for magnificent architecture and sublime grandeur. These sculptures are bestowed with perfect architecture. In fact, both sculpture and architecture deserve great study and cannot be put together. During ancient times, many temples were built in major parts of India. The tradition of stone carving is very much focused around these temples. The class of stone work can be seen in variety of stones used by the artists. From hard granite, soft-brittle sandstone to patchy red stone, Indian craftsmen carved several amazing art works. We need not go too far to witness the grandeur of such work. Look at the state of Orissa. It has famous temples and sculptures at Puri, Bhuvaneshwar and Konark. One look at the expression of deities, poses of epic heroes’ ad fine detailing of ornaments and one will understand the true essence of stone work.


Famous examples of Indian stone work can be found in places like Ajanta and Ellora, Mahabalipuram, Kanyakumari, Khajuraho, Thanjavur, Sanchi and Tiruchirapalli. The architectural facades and amazing sculptures truly manifest inherent class of stone work. The beautiful rock cut caves of Ajanta are sheer delight to the senses. South India state of Tamil Nadu is famous for its temples. All these temples are unparallel when it comes to stone work used in them.


Similarly if we go to northern state of Himachal Pradesh, there is one beautiful depiction of stone carving tradition in Kangra district. The rock cut temple at Masrur has this giant monolithic carving. Mughal era is also famous for its beautiful architectural gift. Example like Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb near Agra has beautiful marble work. Jaipur is also famous for its splendid stone work. Stone work in India is surely a magnificent art and a great gift to the human civilization.

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