Archive for July, 2015

Plan for Theme Park at Centuries-Old Chinese Caves Rattles Preservationists

by Edward Wong DUNHUANG, China In the cool shadows of Cave 98, Li Lingzhi watched as workers in blue suits inspected the Buddhist frescoes commissioned in this Gobi Desert cliff grotto more than a millennium ago by a local ruling family. It has taken a decade to restore the cave. Metal scaffolding still surrounds the central statue, a thre

Nava Thirupathi Nine shrines of Vishnu

Dr. G. Balaji This set of nine temples dedicated to Vishnu are located in ancient Pandyanadu, now known as southern Tamilnadu. These beautiful shrines were built on the banks of the Tamaraparani river in Tirunelveli. These temples were classified among the 108 Divyadesams praised by the Alvars or Tamil Vaishnava saints. The hymns of the Alvars not only described the sanctity of