The Worlds Tallest Statues
Statues are built as celebrations of gods, historical events and important
personalities. The tallest try reach the sky and make you take notice of what
they are commemorating. They are also works of art, and can take years to build.
Here are some of the grandest ones ever built.
Statue of Liberty, USA
The Statue of Liberty is the shortest statue on this list at just 151 feet tall;
however she gains height because the statue rests on a 154 foot pedestal. The
statue depicts the Roman goddess of freedom Libertas and was a gift to the
United States from France in 1886.
11 Lesser Known Forts In India That Have Fascinating Histories
Forts have played an important role in the medieval history of India and
perhaps the world. Just like the medieval kings of Europe who based their
kingdoms around highly secure castles, forts built by chieftains, clans and
rulers served as a defense mechanism against invaders. Many of these forts
fortified households and entities that owed allegiance to the ruler, so it was
almost like a small city of its own. The Archaeological Survey Of India has
numerous forts listed as heritage monuments some which outdo the others. You may
not have heard of these medieval monuments before, but they have played an
equally important role in the functioning of what used to be their domain once
upon a time.
1. Ahilya Fort, Maheswar, Madhya Pradesh
Maheswar is located 91 km from the city of Indore on the northern bank of the
Narmada river. It was once the capital of the Malwa region which was ruled by
the Holkar Dynasty of the Maratha clan for 4000 years. Queen Ahilyabai Holkar
built the fort along the banks of the river Narmada due to her devotion to Shiva
as it was a product of his being. Even today you can see ghats leading down from
the fort where ceremonial rituals are performed.
The fort houses a temple complex fully devoted to Shiva with distinct Maratha
architecture. The queen is remembered for her excellent administrative abilities
and patronage towards cottage industries that flourish today. A room in the fort
houses her collection of idols of Shiva cast in gold and silver. The most
spectacular is the golden swing on which she would seat the idols. Ahilyabai's
court, where she would consult her generals, has been restored and gives an idea
of her life in those days.
Currently the Ahilya Fort is run as a heritage hotel which is still owned by the
descendants of the family. Richard Holkar, the son of the former Maharaja of
Indore, runs the 13 room hotel which offers unique views of Maheswar and the
Narmada river flowing alongside.
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