Fashion and Lifestyle 24 Jan 2019
Gold is used in architecture for its aesthetic appeal, as well as for its temperature regulating properties. In a world of glazed facades and concrete, a golden statue or structure can be a treat to the eyes. Gold leaf has been used in Indian interiors and edifices for centuries, and we bring you five beautiful temples that feature golden elements.
|Kashi Vishwanath Temple||Varanasi|
This temple was coated with 24 layers of 24-karat gold paint by artisans from different parts of the country.
It features 28 gold-covered granite columns, with the ones in the four corners producing musical notes when tapped. Its underground vaults hold gold and treasures worth $22 billion!
Gilded with 1500 kg of pure gold, it features the intricate works of artisans who specialise in the use of gold in interiors. Each copper plate consists of 10 layers of gold foil that were manually made from gold bars.
This famous Shiva temple consists of three domes made of pure gold and a 155-metre tall gold spire above the idol.
The golden entrance leading to the garbhagriha is made of wooden doors and depict the ten avatars of Vishnu on gold-gilded plates. The main gopuram also features a golden vase at the apex.
The Koala are Australian gold coins featuring the animal koala in an outback setting. The coins in this series comprise a 2oz, 1oz high relief, 1/10oz and 1/25oz coin each struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure gold.
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