Colors of India- 2

Golden Quadrilateral

A cow lies in the middle of the Golden Quadrilateral, a superhighway that opened in 1998 linking India’s four main cities: Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata (Calcutta), and Delhi. It’s part of a $30 billion-plus National Highways Development Project—the most ambitious building spree in India since Britain created the railway system in the 1800s.

Photo: Men on motorbikes passing a cow lying in the middle of a highway



Rickshaws, Kolkata

Kolkata’s omnipresent rickshaws are part of its image—something it would like to change. City officials have debated banning the hand-pulled vehicles, citing traffic jams as well as humanitarian issues.

Photo: A man pulling a rickshaw through a street



Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station, Mumbai

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, formerly the Victoria Terminus, is notable for its mix of traditional Indian and Victorian Gothic Revival architecture; it has turrets, pointed arches, and a ground plan that resembles an Indian palace.

Photo: People paying for a taxi in front of a train station



Dharavi Slum, Mumbai

A young girl walks through Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, home to about a million people. Many Indians live in modern suburbs and work in gleaming skyscrapers, but many more—a large majority—remain impoverished and trapped by tradition.

Photo: A child wandering through a wet slum



Brigade Road, Bangalore

Bangalore’s Brigade Road hums, a reflection of how quickly India’s industries have grown in response to globalization. Along with Commercial Street and the MG Road, Brigade Road appeals to young, savvy shoppers.

Photo: Photo: A busy urban street at dusk



Jain Wedding, Mumbai

In Mumbai, a bride feeds the groom at a Jain wedding, which requires a series of rituals thanking deities. Some tenets of Jainism are similar to those of Hinduism, but the religion hasn’t spread far beyond India.

Photo: A bride feeding a groom during an elaborate wedding



Henna Hands

The hands of a woman in Jaipur are covered with mehndi patterns painted with henna. Trendy in recent years, the lacework decorations are part of a 5,000-year-old tradition of creating designs to ward off evil or declare one’s happiness.

Photo: Two hands covered in henna



Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke

A woman in Deshnoke, Rajasthan, stands outside the Karni Mata Temple, a monument to the rat goddess. More than 20,000 rats live in the temple, including a handful of white ones, which are thought to be direct descendents of Karni Mata and therefore considered especially sacred.

Photo: A woman watching rats drink milk from a pan



Baha’i House of Worship, New Delhi

The Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi is better known as the Lotus Temple, thanks to its lotus-shaped concrete petals. The complex covers 26 acres (nearly 11 hectares).

Photo: A lotus-shaped building behind a large pool



Taj Mahal at Sunrise

The Taj Mahal, one of the most enduring symbols of India, is popular with tourists, drawing more than two million each year. Cricket is the most popular sport in India.

Photo: Photo: People playing cricket outside the Taj Mahal



Wrestling Match, Himachal Pradesh

Two men wrestle during a festival in Himachal Pradesh, which means “region of snowy mountains.” This resort area in the foothills of the Himalaya is an Indian favorite.

Photo: Two men wrestling in front of a large crowd



Sikh Holy Book

Sikhs reach to touch a chest containing a copy of their holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, as it’s carried into Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, a temple in Nanded, during the 300th-anniversary celebration of the book’s consecration. Sikhs also mark the anniversaries of the passing of their religion’s gurus.

Photo: People reaching to touch a golden chest held aloft by others



Ganesh Festival, Mumbai

During the ten-day Ganesh festival in Mumbai, devotees carry a statue of the elephant-headed Hindu god into the sea. Across India, worshippers carry hundreds of the statues into rivers and lakes as well as the sea.

Photo: People carrying a statue of Ganesh through water



Temples in Agra

Tourists flock to Agra to see the world-famous Taj Mahal, only to realize that the area is home to many other astonishing buildings, among them the 16th-century Red Fort, which once surrounded a Mogul imperial city.

Photo: A woman standing beneath an ornate entryway




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