Originally Posted by Ken I am interested in making the trip from Mumbai to Aurangabad by overnight train. From there, there is a local bus to Ajanta Village. How does one get from the village to the caves?
July 2, Should the magnificent Hampi ruins become a thing of the past?
Or the Ajanta caves, considered the best representation of ancient Indian natural painting, fade away into history by ? Can the famed Sun Temple at Konarak be saved from fading into oblivion?
Under the combined onslaught of environmental pollution, ill-planned tourism, apathetic Central and state governments and a debilitating resource crunch, the 3,odd monuments declared as a national legacy are disintegrating rapidly. Last month, in a far-reaching judgement, the Supreme Court ordered the closure of industries whose effluents were said to be harming the Taj Mahal.
But INDIA TODAY correspondents, who also went to four other major monuments to assess the extent of the threat, found that many more such emergency measures need to be taken to stem the rot elsewhere.
Acid Rain Pours Doom Air-pollution sprays a deadly brew on the Taj, turning its marble slabs yellow and flaky. Imagine, the finest shrine raised to mortal love, discoloured, its pearly-white lustre afflicted with fungus and "marble cancer".
Imagine the seventh wonder of the world supported by iron rods, some of its marble slabs marred by ugly blotches, others falling off. This is fast becoming a reality. The marble slabs, brought from Makrana in Rajasthan, are yellowing, even flaking.
The danger comes from the waste spewed out either from the smoke-chimneys of foundries and glass factories or from the exhaust of vehicles and diesel generator sets.
A combination of sulphur dioxide and dust that these push into the atmosphere have, long since crossed safety levels for the monument. The sulphur dioxide level in the area has crossed 50 mg per cubic metre when it should have been below This deadly brew of gases and matter mixes with the moisture in the air and settles over the Taj, shrouding it in a thin film of sulphuric acid and grime.
Levels of noxious fumes and dust are more than twice the permissible levels in Agra and form a corrosive cloak that is fast robbing the Taj of its lustre. The combination causes what archaeologists call "marble cancer". The acid rain turns the marble yellow and makes the outer surface flaky.
The grime leaves dark blotches all over. To the untrained eye much of the damage is still not visible. Expert reports, however, show just how serious it is.
The report observed that the inner chamber where the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal lie, faces the most serious threat because of the high humidity level that hastens fungal deterioration.I am interested in making the trip from Mumbai to Aurangabad by overnight train.
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Foods in India» Dal Bati Churma» Nawabi Pulao» Masala Dosa » Pollution in India» IT Sector in India» Software Products» BPO Sector in India The caves of Pataleshwar are the perfect example of rock cut architecture. The temple caves are famous for its massive pillars.
The dramatic and debilitating effects of severe air pollution episodes in cities throughout the world-such as the London smog of that resulted in 4, deaths-have alerted governments to the necessity for crisis procedures.
Chemistry of preservation of Ajanta Murals. paint layers at Ajanta/Ellora Caves. M.S.
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Pataleshwar Caves is located on Jungli Maharaj Road, in the city of Pune. The cave temples are dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar, known as the god of underworld.