A fundamental part of being human is to try and surpass any given limits. As an Indian, I really don’t have to boast on our behalf because everyone knows what we’re capable of. Unsurprisingly, we’ve created some of the most fascinating structures known to man, and that isn’t even in the recent past. Take a look at some of the unfathomable engineering marvels in India which will make you proud to call yourself Indian:
7. Taj Mahal
It comes as no surprise that the Taj Mahal is on this list. Hell, it’s on every single list. But what makes it an engineering marvel is that it’s stood the test of time for nearly 400 years and is a structure so beautifully designed that it makes you wonder how something so magnificent ever came to be. In fact, it was built by the late emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his then late third wife Mumtaz Mahal. He employed over 20,000 workers and spent over 30 million rupees (in 1632, mind you) to complete what is today one of the seven original wonders of the world. In case you’re interested, you can also come across it in Age of Empires: Rise of Nations.
The Theerthakund is a tank of water located about 35 feet below three lingams placed at strategic spots throughout the tank. These lingams are made of 99.8% mercury, which as everyone knows in impossible to freeze unless the temperatures reach below 38.83 degrees celsius. But with the help of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and some ancient Indian alchemy, 4 lingams (3 for the men’s tank and one for the women’s) have been crafted and placed in the Isha Foundation, Coimbatore and are the one of its kind in the world made from pure alchemy. Truly a spectacle to behold, if you are so lucky.
5. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The Padmanabhaswamy temple is a historic temple located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Although its exact date of creation isn’t known, several ancient scriptures from before 800 A.D. have made references to the same. The Temple was built in the classical Kerala and Dravidian style and is in honour of Lord Vishnu, who can be seen reclining on Anantha, the serpent. Sadly, not everyone is allowed into this temple. Only those who profess the Hindu faith are. But if you ever get the chance, take it without thinking twice.
Many of you may not recognize this name right away, but if I said Golden Globe in Auroville, would it ring a bell? Matrimandir is an edifice of spiritual significance for those who practice internal yoga or kriya.
It took 37 years to build (1971-2008) and was finally made open to the public soon after.
It’s a huge golden sphere surrounded by twelve pedestals and its golden discs reflect sunlight off its surface, giving it a sheen of brilliance. Guess Pondicherry isn’t just famous for alcohol, is it?
3. Pir Panjal Tunnel
The Pir Panjal Tunnel is a railway tunnel located near the Pir Panjal range in the middle of the Himalayas. What makes it spectacular is that it is the longest railway tunnel that exists in India (11 kilometres long) and the second largest in all of Asia. Indian Railways started the project after growing concerns of safety near the Himalayan region. Trains which pass through this tunnel will now go through 11 kilometres of undisturbed rails. The project is almost complete and is set to kick off soon, although 11 kilometres of darkness doesn’t sound too safe to me either.
2. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
One of India’s largest over-water bridges, the Bandra-Worli sea link was created to address the traffic congestion between Bandra and Worli in Mumbai. The bridge is 5.6 kms long and cost over $16 billion to construct. It took over 10 years to make and now caters to over 100,000 vehicles. The bridge was inaugurated in 2010 and since then, a drive to Worli from Bandra or vice versa takes only one-third the time (down from 90 minutes to 30 minutes max in peak traffic). At least we’re trying to fix the population crisis right here instead of migrating to everywhere else around the world.
1. I-Flex Solutions, Bangalore
I’ve looked all over the place but I just can’t find a more peculiar looking building than I-Flex. Located in the Bangame Tech Park, C.V.Raman Nagar, Bangalore, this building has spiralled to the top of the list of engineering marvels in India. It looks to me like what can only be described as an Aviation Control Tower jetting out in every direction, structured next to a Superbowl like mini-dome. Keep in mind that this is just another regular office building to and from which thousands of people travel to work every day. I don’t know about you but if I had to work there, maybe the building alone might have been a weirdly satisfying motivation.