Oriental Architecture If you are interested in seeing more examples of architecture from the Indian sub-continent, visit this web site then click on the link to India, Nepal, Bhutan or Pakistan. You will have a choice of many architectural examples to explore. Photographs are donated by generous people so quality varies, but it is fascinating to see many details and get an idea of the size of a building or temple.
Power & Desire: South Asian Paintings The Asia Society teaches us about the paintings made for the Muslim and Hindu rulers in the northern and western parts of pre-modern India The paintings range from the delicate realism of the court scenes of the Mughal emperors, to brilliant color compositions of love narratives of Krishna, made for tiny Hindu courts in the Punjab hills. Together, these small paintings create a kaleidoscopic view of the world that is at once rich in everyday details and cosmic allusions.
Taj Mahal: Memorial To Love "Now there was one among them, known as "King of the World," whose heart's passion burned like fire, and who built a monument for the sake of love that would capture the imagination of the world." Prince Khurram who later became the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan, married Mumtaz Mahal and she became his lover, confidant and wise counselor. When she died, he was overcome with grief and built one of the world's most magnificent tombs for her. Read more about the exquisite Taj Mahal at this web exhibit.
Buddhist Art and the Trade Routes Thanks to the Asia Society you can use the introduction to learn about Buddhism, its art and how it traveled the Silk Road. There are many interesting examples and you'll see how Buddha's image changed as the religion spread from India to Tibet, China, Southeast Asia and Japan. Look to the left bottom of the page - Looking Deeper - to click on the tour.
Buddhism: Introduction is a good source of concise information. There are nine short essays on the major beliefs and sects of Buddhism.
The Muslim Heritage This website will link you to articles and information about Muslim art and architecture and its influence on Western art. Click on "Home" at the top right of this page to learn more about many other topics, explaining this faith of millions of people world-wide. You can learn about the beginnings of the Islamic faith 1,400 years ago and about issues vital to Muslims today.
The Hindu Religion Hinduism grew out of native religions on the Indian subcontinent and then blended with the religion of Aryan invaders about 1,500 BC. This brief essay will give you more information about its beliefs and links to many other sites with other information about Hinduism.
Love and Yearning In this interactive web exhibit you will enjoy the detailed Persian paintings from the "Seven Thrones" illustrated manuscript. You can zoom in for incredible details of these colorful painting. A short essay tells you the story that is illustrated.
The Symbols of Shiva Nataraja This beautifully illustrated short essay explains all the symbols on the Shiva, Lord of the Dance sculptures. It also shows a sculpture as it appears in a temple, dressed in finest silks with offerings of flowers - marvelous.
TempleNet advertises itself as the ultimate source of information on Indian Temples. It is quite an extensive website, with separate sections for information about: Ganesha, Shakti (the mother goddess), Shiva, Skanda, and Vishnu. Check out their other sections on Festivals and Fairs, Beliefs and Legends and Architecture.
Ohio Buddhist Vihara Temple Cincinnati now has its own Buddhist monastery in Mt. Healthy. "Our temple serves anyone interested in studying and practicing Buddhism. Using the original doctrines and practices taught by the Buddha 2500 years ago, we follow and practice the oldest version of the Buddha's teaching in the Theravada tradition. The resident monks come from Sri Lanka where the Buddha's Complete Canon was first written down from an oral tradition." They now have evening classes in English for anyone interested in learning more about Buddhist meditation. Call the monastery for more information: (513) 825 - 4961. (The web site needs an update.)
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