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A hereditary idol maker from West Bengal, India, who has resided in the city of Ranchi since 1983, building his reputation and clientele from scratch, Ajoy Pal is an exemplification of the life the historic idol makers normally leads in present times and their continuing importance during traditional festivals.

The benevolent, Mrs. A.B. Davis.

In 1991 as the British Council Library decided to shut down, a former psychiatrist nurse took over the responsibility of making education affordable to students, leading to the founding of the International Library and Culture Center in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

They don’t play Billiards like this anymore.

Now found mostly in rare antique shops and cherished for their nostalgic connection to British India's colonial past, a surviving masterpiece from furniture maker C. Lazarus and sons continues to grow gracefully inside a club that itself has been around since 1864.

The indomitable Saraswati.

Named by the early Aryan tribes after a river with crystal clear waters centuries ago, Saraswati remains an influential goddess of Hinduism and a role model for strong willed independent women.

468 steps to the hangman’s noose.

Behind one of Ranchi, Jharkhand's popular religious destination lies a grim history of death and execution.

A monumental expression of ancient temple architecture.

Built towards the end of the sixteenth century, the Jagannath temple at Ranchi, Jharkhand is an elaborate work of authentic Kalinga temple architecture that flourished since the 7th century.

A pioneer of the faith.

Since it first introduced Christianity in the region of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, the Gossener Evangelical Lutheran Church has remained an important bulwark of Protestant Christianity.

For comrade and country.

Posthumously awarded India's highest wartime award for gallantry, Ranchi's beloved son, twenty nine year old Albert Ekka was a soldier of uncommon valour.

Human rights before religion.

A Catholic institution in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India that established its roots fighting for the rights of the poor and downtrodden.

Tears of Shiva.

A giant size statue of Hindu god Shiva and consort Sati remind passers by of a love story from Indian mythology.