About: Naubat or Naqqar Khana

About - Naubat or Naqqar Khana (Red Fort, Delhi, India)

About: Naubat or Naqqar Khana – This photo was taken at Red Fort in Old Delhi.

नौबत खाना

नौबत या नक्कार खाना (ड्रम हाउस) महल क्षेत्र के प्रवेश द्वार पर स्थित है, और इसका उपयोग चुने हुए घंटों में दिन में पांच बार संगीत बजाने के लिए किया जाता था। लाल पत्थर से निर्मित, यह एक बड़ी तीन मंजिला इमारत है, जो योजना में आयताकार है। इसकी लाल पत्थर की दीवारों पर नक्काशीदार डिज़ाइन मूल रूप से सोने से रंगे हुए प्रतीत होते हैं, जबकि आंतरिक भाग को अन्य रंगों से रंगा गया था। इन चित्रों की कई परतें अब भी प्रवेश कक्ष में देखी जा सकती हैं।

कहा जाता है कि बाद के मुगल राजा जहांदार शाह (1712-13) और फर्रुखसियर (1713-19) की नौबत खाना में हत्या कर दी गई थी।

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About: Moti Masjid or The Pearl Mosque

About - Moti Masjid or The Pearl Mosque (Red Fort, Delhi, India)

About: Moti Masjid or The Pearl Mosque – This photo was taken at Red Fort in Old Delhi.

मोती मस्जिद

मोती मस्जिद या पर्ल मस्जिद का निर्माण औरंगजेब ने अपने निजी इस्तेमाल के लिए करवाया था। दिन या रात के विभिन्न समय में पूजा के पवित्र स्थान तक पहुंचने के लिए उसे अपने शयनकक्ष से बस थोड़ी सी पैदल दूरी पर जाना पड़ता था। मस्जिद का उपयोग सेराग्लियो (हरम) की महिलाओं द्वारा भी किया जाता था जो बाड़े की उत्तरी दीवार में एक मार्ग से प्रवेश करती थीं।

मस्जिद एक ऊंचे चबूतरे पर बनी है और इसमें तांबे की परत वाले दरवाजे वाले पूर्वी मेहराबदार प्रवेश द्वार से प्रवेश किया जाता है। इस मस्जिद का प्रांगण ऊंची दीवारों से घिरा हुआ है। हालाँकि बाहरी रूप से लाल बलुआ पत्थर का उपयोग किया गया है, इसका आंतरिक भाग पूरी तरह से शुद्ध सफेद संगमरमर से बना है। मस्जिद का प्रार्थना कक्ष काले संगमरमर में ‘मुसल्ला’ (प्रार्थना के छोटे कालीन) की रूपरेखा से जड़ा हुआ है और यह आंगन से ऊंचे स्तर पर है। हॉल के ऊपर तीन बल्बनुमा गुंबद हैं, जिन पर मूल रूप से तांबे की परत चढ़ी हुई है। आंगन में एक तालाब है जिसमें स्नान के लिए फव्वारा लगा हुआ है।

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About: The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals

About - The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)

The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals was founded by the Hon’ble Sir Dinshaw Manokjee Petit, Kt; J.P; in A.D. 1883.

This estate in Parell, Admeasuring 40,514 square yards, with the bungalow and outhouses standing thereon, was purchased by the founder at a cost of Rs. 45,000; but including expenses and an additional grant, it actually cost him Rs. 51,000. The estate was conveyed by him as a gift to The Bombay Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The three hospital sheds and servants’ quarters, godowns, office rooms, pharmacy & c. were constructed by the society from funds mainly contributed by native grain, seeds and cotton merchants, and mill-owners.

The hospital is maintained by the society mainly from funds received from native merchants.

His Excellency The Right Hon’ble, The Earl of Dufferin, K.P;G.M.S.I; G.M.I.E; G.C.B; G.C.M.G; F.R.S; D.C.L; LL.D; Viceroy and Governor-General of India opened the institution on Wednesday, The 10th December 1884.

His excellency The Right Hon’ble Sir James Fergusson, Bart; K.C.M.G;C.I.E; Governor of Bombay being patron, The Hon’ble Lyttelton Holyoake Bayley, Judge of H.M’s High Court of Judicature, Bombay, President, and Mr. Kavasji Mervanji Shroff, J.P; The Secretary and Treasurer of The Society.

About: Shri Bharat Mandir – The incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Shri Bharat Mandir – Kedar Khand Skanda Puran gives the following details about this ancient temple.

Having been pleased by the intense tapasya performed here by Raibhya Rishi and Som Sharma, Lord Vishnu appeared before them. On rishi’s insistence, he showed his illusions (Maya) to them in various forms.

After watching all about Maya the Rishi requested Lord Vishnu to free all beings from the bondages of maya. Lord Vishnu then told Rishi that since he did tapasya by controlling all the senses therefore this sacred place will be called Hrishikesh and during Kaliyuga my incarnation will be known by the name of Bharat. Whoever will live in Hrishikesh observing all religious disciplines and visit Bharatji’s temple after taking bath in the sacred Mayakund will be freed from all the worldly bondage.

Some 1211 years ago on the day of Basant Panchmi, Jagadguru Shankracharya installed the presiding deity in the temple. It is also believed that if any pilgrim on Akshya Tritya takes 108 parikramas of the temple, he or she will get the pilgrimage to Badrinath.

Lord Hrishikesh known as Shri Bharat Ji Maharaj is different from Ram’s younger brother Bharat. He is known by the name of Bharat because he is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the preserving force, holding Shankh, Chakra, Gada, and Padam in his four hands.

(source: Display Board at Shri Bharat Mandir at Rishikesh (Uttarakhand))

About: Kondivite or Mahakali Caves – Excavated between 2nd to 6th century A.D.

About - Kondivite or Mahakali Caves (Mumbai Suburban, Maharashtra, India)

Kondivite or Mahakali caves, as they are known locally, were excavated between 2nd to 6th century A.D. It consists of four caves on the north-west face and a group of fifteen caves at the south-east, carved in volcanic trap breccias, prone to weathering. The entire surrounding was originally an old settlement, including Marol village, Mulgaon and had several fresh water tanks that have over the years disappeared. The most interesting caves at Kondivite is the chaitya cave (No. 9) which has a peculiar plan layout, and is one of the oldest in the group. The inner shrine and stupa are enclosed within a curved wall, not typical to most chaitya caves. This 8″ thick wall around the stupa has a central door with a latticed window on the either side and over the right window is a two line Pali inscription recording, “Gift of a vihar, with his brother by Pittimba a brahman of the Gotamas gotra and inhabitant of Pachi Kama”. A carved panel of the Buddha with attendants and other figures called the Buddhist Litany, is cut of the right, which is a later insert.

(Source: Archaeological Survery of India, Mumbai Circle)