Charming Corridors

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Old historic buildings have an appeal of their own, but it is the corridors that make them stand out allowing on-lookers to witness their magnificence

Jawab, Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

A true reminiscent of the Mughal architecture, the Jawab of Taj Mahal in Agra has remarkable archways mirroring the shape of the tomb’s archway, leaving scenic imprints of the stunning corridor. Wrapped in red stones, the pishtaq arches boasts calligraphy done with bas-relief and pietra dure (inland) that incorporates floral motifs.

Jawahar Circle in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Built by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) for approximately 17 crores, the entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika Gate, which is a mirror of the culture and legacy of Jaipur. The walls of the corridor host hand paintings of temples, forts, palaces, portraits of Jaipur rulers, blue pottery, among others. The vast circular garden surrounds a fountain wherein a music and light show is held every night. The water level of the fountains can reach a height of 25 ft and can display lights in over 3oo colours.

Mysore Palace in Mysuru, Karnataka

Mysore Palace, in particular, stands out because of its architectural splendour and the spellbinding aura it exudes to its visitors. Over six million people visit Mysore Palace every year. A three-storey structure, the Mysore Palace is imposing, with marble domes and a 145-foot tower.

Its Indo-Saracenic interiors is a blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic architectural elements. The corridor area is a sight to behold, adjacent to the gigantic reception hall where the Wadiyar dynasty rulers used to address the public.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu

Situated in the town of Rameshwaram, the Ramanathaswamy Temple is renowned for its epic-long corridors. The corridors set on the outside are 6.9 metres high and stretches to about 400 feet both in the east and west and around 640 feet to the north and south. Further, on the inside, there are three huge baroque corridors, spread in about 15 acres. The carvings on the granite pillars that the temple houses are painted with lively bright colours captivating the eyes of on-lookers. An important pilgrimage centre, this temple houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas in the country.

Vittala Temple in Hampi, Karnataka

Sitting in the north-eastern part of Hampi in Karnataka, the Vittala Temple is known for its unrivalled craftsmanship and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient structure near the banks of the river Tungabhadra is famous for its notable corridors that hold the musical pillars. The famed 56 musical pillars, also known as the SaReGaMa pillars, produce musical tones when struck with a thumb.

The extravagant corridor has each of its pillars providing auxiliary to the ceiling of the Mandapa. Spread over 25 sq km, this beautiful architecture stands amidst other temples, palaces, aquatic structures, fortifications, and markets fascinating travellers. The magnificence of the temple and its structure stands out.


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