Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chand Minar, Devgiri Fort

At Devgiri Fort 15 kms from Aurangabad, the most distinctive structure is red colored Minar which is contrast to the rustic surroundings in the fort. 



This tower standing in front of the pyramidal hill within the fort can be seen be from very far. Seeing this tower from the road  while going to Ellora is an experience by itself.



Built in the Persian style in 1435 by Ala-ud-din Bahmani to celebrate his victory over Surat the fort is an outstanding example of Islamic art. This tower 110 meters height is plain and simple from outside and inside.



It is constructed of stone & was decorated with colored tiles which were stuck on the walls. Some of which are still visible even though the tower is colored in red now. It has 4 floors and every floor, a circular balcony is present that is beautifully carved from the bottom. 



For every floor there are 80 steps and 6 small ventilators. The small windows provided are for fresh air an light. On one side of the Minar there is a mosque  and on the other side there is a Naqar Khana. At the base there is a 24 arched chamber without any decorative motifs.

41 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Nice to read about Chand Minar. Nice photographs & post.

Pradyumna Ray said...

Beautiful Minaret. Would have been much more attractive with the glazed tiles. Daulatabad was glorious back in its days...

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Superb!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Nice pictures but 2nd one is best one...

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Lovely pics of the fort and minaret

R Niranjan Das said...

That is a beautiful minar.

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Jeevan said...

This is an amazing building and the details on it were very impressive!!

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots and nice framing!

HansHB said...

Nice sky-post!

Steffi said...

Very interesting post and great photos,Rajesh!Have a nice weekend!

Sylvia K said...

An incredible fort and tower and beautiful blue, blue skies! Terrific captures for the day, Rajesh!!

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the fort and tower! Thanks for sharing, happy skywatching!

vincibene said...

Beautiful tower and so old.

Jim said...

Great shots.
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Photo Cache said...

lovely tower. great post.

Kay L. Davies said...

Hi Rajesh
It's been a long time since I've visited photos of your lovely country. The sky in the last two photos here is a beautiful blue colour!
K

LV said...

Thanks for these interesting sights and their history.

Meoww said...

Never heard about this place. But it looks wonderul. Simply adore the colr and the circular balcony.

Une Angevine said...

j'aime bien le cadrage de la deuxième photo

Leovi said...

Wonderful, delicious frames, these pictures are beautiful.

sceneoftranquility said...

Beautifully composed second shot.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice clicks

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LifeRamblings said...

beautiful blue skies and i love the composition of your last photo.

Carver said...

Good shots. I love the one where you see the tower through the arch. Such a nice composition. The last shot with the tower against the blue sky is also a favorite for me.

George said...

This is a marvelous tower. Sometimes simple structures are the most impressive.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the red color == such an impressive building -- that is a lot of steps!

Vane M. said...

Lindas imagens, gosto daquela do portal. Um abraço!

Laura said...

beautiful Rajesh, I love the shadows in the arched doorways... really lovely photos.

Catherine said...

what gorgeous architecture..

Chubskulit Rose said...

Another beautiful spot. Coming from Shadow shots.

Lighthousegal said...

Great photos. The tower is quite impressive and beautiful. You always post buildings with such amazing architecture.

JM said...

Fabulous structure!

SmilingSally said...

Those colored tiles are so detailed.

I look forward to seeing your comment on my blog. Please come visit.

Happy Blue Monday, Rajesh.

Karen said...

A great series of shots, from far in the distance to close up!

Jackie said...

Hi Rajesh. I love this series as I love all of your shots.

I love how you started far away and moved in! Great shots!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this beautiful tower.

RNSANE said...

I am missing India, with its overwhelming beauty, in even the most remote places.

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D. Prabhu said...

Beautiful photos of Chand minar :)

Amrita Sabat said...

Love each of d fotos! wonderful blog U have! :)

Bushra M said...

Simply beautiful! Would love to visit and witness the beauty myself...

amarnaik.com said...

nice photos of chand minar. nicely put article.