September 14, 2017

Sidi Saiyyed's Mosque ,Ahmedabad

Recent visit of Prime Minister Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Abe has once again brought attention of the world to beautiful lattice windows of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque of Ahmedabad.

filigree work in stone at sidi saiyyed mosque ahmedabad
Intricate filigree in stone  at Sidi Saiyeed Mosque

It was built in 1573 by Sidi Saiyyed , slave of Sultan Ahmedshah , in last year of his rein. Built in Indo-saracenic tradition , it is famous for its beautiful stone carving. Beautifully intertwined tree and it's foliage is delicately and artistically carved out. 

Sidi Saiyyad's  Mosque Ahmedabad
Beautiful lattice Window of sidi Saiyyed's Mosque, Ahmedabad

Center window of the western wall of the mosque is left uncarved. Two different versions are attributed to this. According to one version, it could not be completed as Mughals invaded Gujarat before it could be finished. Another version blame it on British. It is hinted that this beautifully carved window was carved out and shipped to London.

Western wall of sidi saiyyed mosque ahmedabad
Western wall of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

To be continued..

September 09, 2017

Vadnagar - Remains of the Buddhist Monastery

It is not so well known that, Gujarat was once thriving center of Buddhism and has many relics to prove it , including caves and Ashokan edicts. As the state gets ready to showcase it's Buddhist heritage next week , I recollected my visit to Buddhist relics in Vadnagar, Vadnagar, famously known as home town of Prime Minister Modi, has recently again come into limelight with excavation of Buddhist monastery.

In 7 th century AD, Hiuen Tsang mentioned about Vadnagar ( or Anandpura as it was known at the time )as being one of the most important monastery.of the period. 7 Monastic cells have been excavated by 2016. Unfortunately locals have built houses on the adjacent land making it impossible to excavate it further

Buddhism flourished in Vadnagar between 3 rd and 9th century AD. As per ASI, it was built in three phases and they found remains from 1st and 2nd century AD too. In their excavation of 2015 , they found excellent water management system with well laid out canal system. Large number of coins and artifacts were also found establishing close connection with the silk route. 

Vadnagar is 100 kms from Ahmedabad and can be reached by state highway 71.  This more than 2000 years old town was fortified by Solanki dynasty and few relics of the era can also be visited