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The Birla Mandir in Kolkata. This is a very modern temple, although built in an older style. Construction began in the 1970s and took over 20 years to complete. It is named after the Birla industrial family who funded the project. The temple reaches 160feet in height and contains statues of numerous Hindu deities.

A mandir is the name of a Hindu temple. They are built in various styles and sizes throughout India, depending on when and where they are built. Unlike this one, many of India's temples are more than 1,000 years old.

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The Birla Mandir in Kolkata. This is a very modern temple, although built in an older style. Construction began in the 1970s and took over 20 years to complete. It is named after the Birla industrial family who funded the project. The temple reaches 160feet in height and contains statues of numerous Hindu deities.

A mandir is the name of a Hindu temple. They are built in various styles and sizes throughout India, depending on when and where they are built. Unlike this one, many of India's temples are more than 1,000 years old.

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comments (39)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Feb 2010, 00:19
Dramatic shot of an imposing structure, Charles...I like to look at the texture detail in the surface, too.
Love it...
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 3 Feb 2010, 02:24
Finally... that is something I have also seen in my life. And I still wonder at the marvel of this structure.
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 3 Feb 2010, 03:20
Such a magnificent structure. Can you imagine the architect's mind who designed such a structure?
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 3 Feb 2010, 03:48
C'est un plaisir d'en apprendre autant en si peux de mots... plus une belle photo.
merci !
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 04:15
Amazingly beautiful detail, hard to believe it was build in 1970's not many years ago. Great angle, thank you for sharing
  • Chris
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 04:31
Dramatic, your photo does such an immense temple justice in terms of its scale and delicate architectural nuance. Great work
  • Lisa Salkeld
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 05:37
wow, I've never seen anything like this. what a great photograph...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Feb 2010, 05:42
Much like the old greek stuff. Most temples and statues were erected as devotions by families and communities.
Very cool construction.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:15
I see we're on the same page today, Charles...but look at the difference in architecture...and where is your clock?? smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Feb 2010, 06:58
Interesting Charles:virtually no colour to this at all
Wonderful tones, texture and detail!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:15
You could have fooled me about the date of construction Charles
  • tede
  • France
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:50
Hello, I love the variety of architecture of these temples, although the latter "modern" is splendid. Good day.
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:52
wow..I can feel it's height and strength! Amazing structures and hsitory! Wonderful image..thank you!
I love different architectural styles and this is fascinating.
I like the low angle, makes it taller
You captured this beautiful structure under a great angle Charles! I like the details!
nice view and information!
An attractive play of lines in that structure! You've done a very interesting presentation!
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 12:18
Beautiful modern take on a traditional temple structure.Nice tight crop. I also tried to comment on the mosque of yesterday but on my little wide screen netbook I couldn't scroll down to the submit button. For some reason it kept bouncing out of the screen. Anyway that was another nicely composed tight frame and the minaret appeared like some exotic stone flower.
impressive building, well caught
  • crash
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 13:02
whoa! cool architecture! a bit intimidating for a religious site
  • CM Kwan
  • Hong Kong
  • 3 Feb 2010, 13:40
wonderful composition and impressive details!
An amazing building with great detail..Good one Charles.
It certainly looks older, at least in style, than it really is Charles.
Looks like concrete blocks, but is that really the case? Whatever it is... it's a fine shot, nice POV.
  • Vikram
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 16:24
Beautiful composition! Very crisp and sharp image! Love the details in the architecture!
These buildings really are an amazing sight
When I see your pictures I can't stop thinking that India is inmense as a country, as a culture ... , We can not really appreciate what this really represents.
Different architecture from that day but just as impressive!
Framing successfull !
it must be a great place to be - excellent image
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Feb 2010, 20:19
Fanatastic; looks like millions of interlocking pieces of building blocks used in this.
  • faisal
  • New York City
  • 3 Feb 2010, 20:56
incredible structure. love the details.
Charles good angle and thanks for sharing, pity you clipped the top.
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 21:36
My goodness, almost looks like a lithograph. Amazing detail.
  • K.B.R
  • Switzerland
  • 3 Feb 2010, 23:52
Excellent capture!
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2010, 02:40
excellent place. really like all the lines and patterns in the image.

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