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Tradition of Stone Carvings in India

Traditional Art Form of India - Beautiful Stone Carvings & Temple Caves in India

For thousands of years, India has been known for its rich tradition in Stone Carvings. This awe inspiring art form has developed over many, many years & the detailed craftsmanship which goes into it is second to none. It is believed that the art of stone carvings became famous in India after the popularity of wood carvings.

The growth of stone carvings have been closely associated with the growth of architecture in India. If we were to look back at Indian architectural marvels, we would find one common trend and that is the popularity of Stone Carvings & sculptures.

Throughout the length and breadth of the country, one would find excellent examples of this art form in the shape of rock cut architecture, detailed sculptures and other forms of stone carvings. Some of the best examples include the beautiful Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves, Badami Cave Temples, Kanheri Caves, Bodh Gaya, the sculptures found in the Khajuraho temples, Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Dilwara Temples, Mt. Abu, Konark Temples, etc.

Growth of Stone Carving Art in India
India is blessed with a very large variety of different qualities of stones such as Marble, Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, Slate, and Quartzite. This is perhaps the reason why, stone carvings and scupltures have always been popular in India, right from the time when Hindu & Muslim rulers popularised this art form in India.

A special mention has to be made to those skilled, Master craftmen who worked relentlessly to produce a true historical masterpiece, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. This exquisite example of intricate carvings and craft work during the Mughal period continues to be one of the most precious tourist attraction's of India. In fact, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was build around the mid 1600's. King Ashoka's court, during the 3rd century B.C also brought to light the marvellous beauty of stone carvings and stone structures.

Stone Works in Cities & States of India -

  • Agra is well known for its beautiful work in marble stone. Besides architectural pieces, the city is also popular for carvings using filigree work, bracelets with beautiful carvings, pendants and mirror frames, etc.
  • The state of Rajasthan is famous for its stone work. The sandstone and marble quarries in Makrana, the sculptures in Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner & Bharatpur as well as the marble stone carvings of Gods & Goddesses in the capital city of Jaipur are all well known.

Stone Carving Beauties - Popular Stone Products Adorned with Carvings Some of the most popular stone carving products in India include Decorative Stone Sculptures, Stone Carved Mandirs, Stone Carved Dieties, Carved Boxes, Elephant Carved Decoration Pieces, etc.

What is the Shilpa Shastra?
Shilpa Shastra refers to a collection of ancient texts which sets the rules and guidelines of Hindu architecture, among other things. It is believed that in ancient times, the Indian carvers followed the guidelines which were laid down in the Shilpa Shastra while carving out dieties and other important sculptures.




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