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Weekly Photo Challenge – Muse/ Design Element 2/chhatris

Muse! Topic of Weekly Photo Challenge for this week!

Muse!! In common parlance, it refers to a lady who is a source of an inspiration! On a broader level, Muse  is something that really inspires and influences you.

So what is my muse?

Heritage & Architecture of old Jaipur!

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Jaipur Architecture – chhatris!

The architecture of Jaipur is quite unique and rich. For a person with keen aesthetic sense,the only word that signifies best is…. marvelous!

There is inherent perfection in the architecture style and entire science behind it. Nowhere, one comes across such bazaars which are beautifully lined with chhatris, jharokhas, jali etc on either sides.

For an entire city, to be planned and executed with beautiful architecture ab initio shows how aesthetically inclined the founders were. Not only that, it also showed their creative side and grandeur  they wanted to create by way of beautiful architecture. Credit for such architecturally rich Jaipur can’t be given  only to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who founded the city but his descendents too, have contributed greatly.

In above picture you can see the Chhatri. Chhatri in simple language means umbrella. The word is derived from Sanskrit word Chattra. Since these canopies resembled umbrella, therefore named chhatri. These chhatris can be found in many places across the city and not just the old walled part. They were also used in memorial for royalty and saints.

It is these elements of Jaipur architecture that catches my fancy….their perfection & symmetry! At the same time, it amazes me too!

This post is part  of weekly photo challenge -Muse!

 

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