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Ranchi

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.

A city with a growing love for dining out.

A queue of customer patiently await tables outside one of Ranchi's several eating establishments.
Thali Meal

The Thali Meal.

In multi-cuisine restaurants, the wholesome Indian Thali makes for a rather hefty main course for both large and light appetites. And an excellent way to savor multiple Indian cuisines without having to order them separately.

The hill of poets and playwrights.

Within the city of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India lies a wooded hill that once was the property of a lesser known but famous Bengali playwright.