Temples in India – Glowing in Ambaji

Ambaji is an important temple town in Gujarat with millions of devotees visiting the temple every year. This is the principal shrine of a goddess who has been worshiped since the pre-Vedic period. She is often referred to as Arasuri Amba.

Made of white marble with gold cones, the rays of the setting sun accentuate the golden hue on the temple spires.

A Golden Temple in Gujarat

A Street to Ambaji Temple

Durbar Hall at Chowmahalla Palace

This is the heart of Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, India. It is held in high esteem by the people of Hyderabad, as it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The grand pillared Durbar Hall has a pure marble platform on which the Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat was laid. Here the Nizams held their durbar and other religious and symbolic ceremonies. The 19 spectacular chandeliers of Belgian crystal were recently reinstalled to recreate the lost splendor of this regal hall.

Khilwat Mubarak (Durbar Hall)

A Throne for the NIzam

A Tomb – Centuries Old

On the south side of the Jami Mosque, Khambhat, India is a square domed tomb, built of marble, where ‘Umar bin Ahmad Gazruni (d.1333) is buried. Various verses of a religious Islamic text are engraved on the four sides of the tomb.

A Tomb – Centuries Old

This image shows the delicately carved end panel of the grave.

Tomb End Panel

Jefferson Hotel Richmond

The Jefferson Hotel is a luxury hotel in Richmond, Virginia, opened in 1895. In 1969, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Designed in the Spanish Baroque Style, patrons have included thirteen United States presidents, writers, and celebrities.

As a centerpiece for the upper lobby, there a life-size image of Thomas Jefferson from Carrara marble.

Jefferson Hotel Lobby

Jefferson Hotel Richmond