The Maijishan Grottoes masterpiece of cave architecture
Located in Gansu Province, China, Maijishan Grottoes is an amazing example of ancient rock cave architecture consisting of more than 7,000 Buddhist sculptures and about 1000 square meters of murals. Maijishan Grottoes means wheat stack mountain, and it is 142 meters high. Maijishan is a few miles south of the Silk Road and it explains to be the attractive place for the monks and artists traveling this route, some of them settled at the hill and made their creations on the grottoes. Originally made of wood stairs leading up and around were later replaced by metal supports – for safety reasons.
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The Maijishan Grottoes masterpiece of cave architecture
Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden
Noteworthy, it is the largest garden in Thailand, hidden down a quiet lane not far from the coastal resort of Bang Saen. Located 90 minutes drive south of Bangkok, at the entrance of the monastery garden is a brightly colored sign welcoming you To Hell. Beyond lies a garish, and in-your-face morality tale of sawn torsos, boiling vats and devilish figures tormenting worldly sinners. “If you meet the Devil in this life, don’t postpone merit-making which will help you to defeat him in the next life.”
In fact, Wat Wang Saen Suk monks created their vision of hell in shock-horror sculpture garden 20 years ago. At the start of the garden trial – installed a giant “fat Buddha” statue. In addition, there are numerous cement-and-plaster statues depicting life in a Buddhist hell, found throughout the garden. Buddhist hell features in particular, two large figures named ‘Nai Ngean’ and ‘Nang Thong’. Besides, standing high above the tortured souls of the garden the ‘hungry ghosts’ of Thai folklore have long necks and distended bellies.
Chayttiyo Pagoda Golden Stone – one of the amazing Buddhist shrines in Myanmar, Mon State, which attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Pagoda’s height is slightly more than five meters. Located on the rock of granite, the whole structure seems to be about to fall over the edge of a cliff. According to legend, the Buddha’s hair does not let it fall down. They say, one look at the golden stone is enough for people to be converted to Buddhism.
Pilgrims believe that the shrine is not only a delightful sight, but also creates a special energy. The faithful and tourists covered stone with gold leaf, believing that it will bring good luck.
Ta Prum Temple complex of Cambodia
It is difficult to convey the impression from visiting such a magnificent place, as Cambodian Ta Prum (or Ta Prohm). The Temple complex is in fact, is an open-air museum, and World Heritage Site. However, after the fall of the Khmer empire in the 15th century, the temple of Ta Prum became abandoned and forgotten for centuries. Unfortunately, greedy trees-Strangler Figs damaged the large part of the complex. But trees growing on the stones from the ruins, make the temples of Angkor one of the most photogenic and most popular of all temples. Meanwhile, there is a program to preserve and restore the temples of Angkor, which now gives the impression of the Lost World. Nevertheless, the work was done to allow access for maintenance of its ruins.
Man does not wash for 37 years. God, give him a son, please
66-year-old Kailash Singh has not washed for 38 years and argues that he is happier than everyone who takes a shower every day. Kaliash said that the decision he made back in 1974, soon after his marriage, in the hope that Universe will help him find his son. One priest guaranteed the effectiveness of this strange dirty method. He gave advice to Kaliash not bathe or get a haircut, and for 38 years can be considered the most messy smelly person in the world. The length of his hair 182 cm long ago turned into dreadlocks. But still no son, God has sent him only 7 daughters. For himself he defined – only the presence of his son could change his life.
Nest of Tigress monastery in Bhutan
Built in 1692 The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most famous and holy monasteries in Bhutan. Situated at an altitude of 3120 meters above sea level, it’s name means “Nest of Tigress.” According to legend, Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) was transported into this cave, sitting on the tigress, which has become his wife Yeshe Tsogyal. On April 19, 1998 the monastery almost completely burned down, killing a few monks. However, in a short time the monastery has been restored. Old photographs and diaries were used to make the reconstruction as close to the original as possible. The monastery consists of seven temples, and tourists may visit each of them. By the way, you can get there on foot or by mule. Undoubtedly, the place is worth the efforts to reach there. You are in heaven and cloud nine.
Jewelry Collection Russian Seasons by Alena Gorchakova
Born and raised in Moscow, Alena Gorchakova grew up in a family with rich cultural and historical traditions. Her work is primarily a tribute to the unique Russian art and beautiful architecture of Orthodox Christian churches, their grace and beauty. Since 1980 Alena moved to New York where she studied at the University, and worked in the evenings. In particular, Alena is responsible for window dressing in the largest stores in New York: Henri Bendel, Hermes and Bergdorf Goodman. Meanwhile, the first collection of jewelry by Alena Gorchakova «Les Saisons Russes» – is a tribute to Russian culture, and its compelling, symbolic domes. Creating her jewellery pieces she uses yellow, pink and white gold, rubies, orange and blue sapphires, white and yellow diamond, orange garnets, tsavorities, and a variety of other precious stones.
According to jeweler and artist Alena Gorchakova, dome for her, the image that best reflects the culture and traditions of Russia. “Many of my compatriots prefer things Western, but they should just look around, and they will be able to see our unique art and architecture, their grace and beauty. To see what can really be proud of.”