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Origin of Durgostava

The untimely awakening.

For eons now, Bengal’s most popular festival has been repeatedly celebrated during the wrong time of the year. Spring not autumn is the historical season for invoking the goddess Durga. Yet, both priestly class and devotees hardly give a hoot.

Mausoleum of Sikandar Lodi.

Located within the lush greens of present day Lodi Gardens, the mausoleum of Sikandar Lodi is taken to be the first of the garden mausoleums built in the sub continent.

The poor king’s tomb.

The mausoleum of Muhammad Shah Sayyid in New Delhi is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture that found roots during the reign of the Delhi Sultanate that lasted for nearly 320 years.

Pathans, they build like giants and finish like goldsmiths.

To James Fergusson, a 18th century architectural historian, Sher Shah Suri's monuments reinforced an age old saying of India's Afghan rulers.

Was the emperor Humayun murdered?

Some eight hundred years after the holy book of Quaran was compiled, Mughal emperor Humayun, a devoted Sunni and later a Shia convert, felt the potency of the words with a tumble down the staircase of his favourite tower.

Honouring the brave.

The 81 year old war memorial that has no intention of letting the world forget the gallantry of the British Indian Army.

Quack goes the garden.

Quacking noisily over a handful of seeds a badelynge aids in bringing about a change in mood in the sprawling 90 acres Lodi gardens.

Lodi Gardens.

Lodi Gardens in Lodi Colony, New Delhi, India is a 90 acres natural paradise popular with the residents of Delhi for its lush greenery as well as historical attractions.

The sweet talking Sheermal.

Sweetened with milk and sugar, flavoured with generous amounts of clarified butter and saffron, and baked to a rich brown complexion in an Indian clay oven, the Sheermal makes for a delicious and versatile dish.

The artists of Madhubani.

From cave paintings to modern day graffiti, people from across the planet have needed little to express their creativity. The women of Mithila, Bihar, India were no exception to the rule. Using finger tips and simple twigs they created the world wide recognized art of Madhubani.