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  TOP PICKS » MONUMENTS IN INDIA » PUNJAB  
  
     
 
Indian Monuments
 
     
 
  Golden temple   Divan Khana    Sheesh Mahal   
             
      Rauza Sharif       
             
 
     
 
Golden Temple
Golden Temple situated in Amritsar Panjab, is a symbol of both beauty and peace, also known as the Harmandir Sahib (Temple of God) or Darbar Sahib.This beautiful temple layered in gold is sole mix of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Golden temple is the most important gurdwara of Sikhs that propagates the message of acceptance and tolerance. The temple is situated in the middle of the 'Amrit Sarovar' the name of pool which surrounds Golden Temple. It is considered one of the holiest and blessed places in India.
 
 
 
     
 
Divan Khana
The Divan Khana or Darball Hall is one of the chief ancient monuments in Punjab and was worn for large audiences and important public occasions. Today Divan Khan has been converted into a museum displaying dazzling chandeliers and armor, including the sword and dagger of Guru Gobind Singh and Nadir Shah's sword. The Divan Khana hall was built on a high plinth over a network of tunnels which were service conduits. The facade gives the impression of a double-storey building, with 'upper storey' windows and a balcony at the first floor level, but the delicately worked wood-and-glass doors open into a huge 15m-high chamber. At the far end is a raised platform, where the Maharaja used to sit. The wooden frame work of the ceiling holds decorated Plaster-of Paris tiles painted in the traditional Arabic style and the ceiling is hung with a fabled collection of chandeliers.
 
 
 
     
 
Sheesh Mahal
The Sheesh Mahal or the ‘Palace of Mirrors’ in Patiala in Punjab, was built by Maharaja Narinder Singh between 1845-1862 behind the main Moti Bagh Palace. The Sheesh Mahal was built in a forest with terraces, gardens, fountains along with an artificial lake. The lake has two watchtowers in the north and the south. The lake is also connected to the Banasar Ghar, a repository for stuffed animals. The Sheesh Mahal, which was a residential palace, has a suspension bridge which is a copy of the Lakshman Jhoola at Rishikesh. The wall of the Sheesh Mahal is painted with a variety of images connected to legends and mythology. The painters were brought from Kangra and Rajasthan. The entire section of the palace is covered with delicately designed glass and mirror work. The Mahal consist of a museum displaying Tibetan art along with sculpture of different kinds of metal. There is also a medal gallery in the Sheesh Mahal, displaying the largest numbers of medals and decorations in the world, and numbers about 3,200.
 
 
 
     
 
Rauza Sharif
The "Rauza Sharif" is a tomb in Sirhind, which commemorates the burial place of the famous Sufi Saint Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi. Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi was one of the best disciples of Khawaja Baqi Billah. The famous Rauza Sharif 'Urs' is celebrated on the 31st of May every year. Rauza Sharif is indeed a national historical monument and is considered as the secondMecca by the Suni Muslims. There are tombs, cenotaphs and a mosque in the premises of this mausoleum. This Mausoleum is annually visited by a large number Naqshbandi Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia, during the month of August. It is 5 kms away from Patiala and is well connected by road and rail.