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Indore is situated on the Malwa plateau at an altitude of 553 m above sea level, on the banks of two small rivulets - the Saraswati and the Khan. They unite at the centre of the city where a small 18th century temple of Sangamnath or Indreshwar exists. The name Indore is due to this diety. It is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh state in central India . It is among the million+ population cities of India with a population of 1,086,673 (1991). It is the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore city presents a happy blend of historical past and promises of rapid future modernization.
Bada Ganpati Temple is situated at M G Road in the city and was constructed during the rule of the Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar during the year 1875. The sculpture of Lord Ganesha is placed in this temple and it is 25 ft in height and is one of the largest statues of Lord Ganesha in the world. The Bada Ganapati is home to the imposing statue of Lord Ganesha, which has a length of 8 Meters if measured from the top of the crown to the feet.
The Ganesha statue of temple is made of bricks, soil, lime stone, powders of diamond, emerald and gold dust. Gold, copper, silver iron and brass have been used to make the metallic frame of the statue.
Unlike other monuments and palaces of the city, Chattri Bagh is not just famous for its architectural style. Located near the Khan River, the place has earned its name from the Chhatri or permanent canopies built in the memory of the royal members of the Holkar Dynasty.
These Chhatris are wonderfully constructed and liked by all. The Chhatri dedicated to first ruler of the Holkar Dynasty - These dome shaped cenotaphs, with pyramidal spires on top, are built on the burial sites of the Holkars. The most attractive of the many cenotaphs is the one commemorated to Malhar Rao Holkar I, the founder of the Holkar dynasty. The gardens and greeneries bordering the place have only enhances the beauty of Chhatri Bagh.
The Kanch Mandir is more than hundred years old temple, it was built by Sir Hukumchand Seth. It is also called Seth Hukumchand Temple after its founder. The Kanch Mandir of Indore is an exceptional temple made of glasses and mirrors. The outer portion of the temple is built with stone and concrete but the inside is decorated with numerous mirrors. Every part of the temple interiors - the floors, ceilings, walls, doors and pillars are ornamented with small and huge mirrors.
The Kanch Mandir is a pilgrim center for the Jains but it is visited by people from all religions and tourists from every corner of the world. The color glass paintings of the temple are sheer pleasure to watch. The idol of Lord Mahavira is kept in such a position that it can be seen 21 times in glass reflections. This aspect of the temple has been dedicated to the 21 Tirthankaras.
The Lalbagh Palace, Indore has retain the age old charm and importance. It is still considered a sacred and significant place where once important functions and celebrations were held. Initially constructed by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar, the Palace was built in three phases. The 1st phase started in 1886 and the final phase was completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao Holkar third.
As you enter the Palace premises, you see that its gates are a true replica of the gates of the Buckingham Palace (London). The entrance hall has a grand display of coins, Indian and Italian paintings of the prehistoric era. The palace is surrounded by splendid well maintained gardens. The palace is a classic example of the architectural brilliance of the Holkar Kingdom. It is open for public viewing every day of a week except the Mondays. The timing is from 10.00 to 18.00.
An interesting blend of Renaissance, Palladian and Baroque styles of architecture, the Lalbagh Palace has played a host to numerous historical events and royal receptions.
The entrance itself is beautiful with lofty archway and a giant wooden door covered with iron studs. As one makes his way through the entrance, one is greeted with a courtyard comprising Mughal arched Ganesha hall, a number of balconies with Mughal ornamentation, windows, and corridors, surrounded by galleried rooms. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood.