Monday, July 25, 2016

Kevda Masjidh, Champaner

This masjid inside the Citadel of Champaner, in Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is one of the many beautiful mosque built during the reign of Mahmud Begda between 15th and 16th century.


It is rectangular on plan with a double storeyed main prayer hall. There are two minarets on either side of the central arched entrance.


The windows provided with pillared balcony are beautiful and exquisitely decorated. The minarets are beautifully carved and niches are filled with floral and geometrical designs.


Originally the mosque had three domes built above the prayer hall but the largest central dome has collapsed.


One can also see the birds in the open space around this place.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Naida Caves, Diu


Naida caves in Diu are within a short distance from the town. These caves totalling about 11 is a intriguing network of square hewn hollows.



These caves have a natural opening that allows sunlight to enter the caves, making out to be a visual delight. A labyrinth of orange rock caves, look beautiful with sunbeams gleaming in through the open areas.



It is not clear how these caves are formed. The studies show that the caves were formed due to geological irregularities and processes over a significant amount of time.



It is believed that when the Portuguese ruled over Diu, they broke down sections of a huge rock formation, that they used for construction of the Diu Fort. This resulted in the formation of these caves.