India has always been proud of is a rich cultural heritage. Stonecraft is one of the various art forms that have made the nation proud on many occasions. Excavations of stone crafts of even the very ancient era look equally refreshing. Best part is that the nation has still kept the incredible art form alive.
Passion for stone crafts is pretty evident through the temples of here. Temples across the nation, specifically at eastern India states like Odisha and in South India represent wonders of stone craftsmanship. The following abstracts take a state-wise look on Indian ethnic stone craft excellence.
When it comes about stone crafts, Rajasthan has always been a frontrunner. Specifically, it is been the biggest hubs for marble crafts. The state is rich with marble stones, which thoroughly compensates the void of wood crafts. Here specialist groups of people available meant for stone cutting itself, by the demand of the design. This tells clearly about the precision at which the craftsmen address the things to make it look the most enchanting.
Jaisalmer marble stone crafts enjoy huge demands, even from across the border. Needless is to say that these are sold at an unbelievably high cost. Apart from Rajasthan, Maharasthra is also quite known for its rich stone craft. To be specific, Nagpur is one of the most resourceful places in India for stone crafts. Marble stone idols for temples in modern times are ordered in huge numbers through the craftsmen of here.
Stone carving is one of the splendid handicrafts that make India unique around the globe. To witness the highest class of stone carving handicraft, one should visit Odisha. The excellence, skill, and the dedication that the artisans put for these art forms is simply exemplary. For the enthusiasts of this art form, the temples in the temple city Bhubaneswar would be like a one-stop destination.
The global wonder sun temple at Konark is still a wonder factor among the visitors. Among others, the iconic Puri Jagannath temple, and Lingaraj temple should never be missed. Bihar is the other eastern India state that has made the nation for its incredible stone crafts.
One should visit Ashok pillar, the magnificent black stone with captivating green shade to realise the level of excellence. There are many temples in Belur as well those represent the equal level of exquisiteness for the visitors. Not just the temples, the craftsmanship of stone crafts can be thoroughly evident through the jail works as well.
Coming to central India, Madhya Pradesh is a highly celebrated place of the nation for stone crafts. There are several villages where the sculpture artists are still involved with these art forms. Along with black stones, they are equally adept about handling the marbles as well. Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh has been a much-visited place for people who look for gifts. The art forms of soft greenstone are worth watching. Artists over here produce a variety of designs with this stone, starting from boxes to animals. Especially, they love making the idols though.
Coming to south India, the temples of here are auspiciously enriched with incredible stone crafts. For the travellers who are enthusiastic about stone crafts, Mahabalipuram is like a must visit the place. There are many places in south India; almost every temple represent the height of Indian craftsmanship.
Apart from the mentioned names and places, there are many other examples one can find glorifying the Indian stone craft excellence. For a visitor, one visit may not be sufficient.