Century-old ‘Dhrangadhra’ sandstone may help in deforestation

Century-old ‘Dhrangadhra’ sandstone may help in deforestation

Century-old ‘Dhrangadhra’ sandstone may help in deforestation

Famous Dhrangadhra-based sandstone temple architect Bhavesh Sompura said, “If people want to contribute to reducing global warming, they can do so using articles created by Dhrangadhra.”

Famous Dhrangadhra-based sandstone temple architect Bhavesh Sompura said, “If people want to contribute to reducing global warming, they can do so using articles created by Dhrangadhra.”

He was speaking today at a conference on ‘Opportunities in the stone industry’ organized by FICCI and GMDC. He belongs to the fourth generation of ‘stone Sompura’ community of stone artisans who have to lend a hand in the construction of historical structures such as the Modhera Sun Temple, Ranka Vav, and the Lakshmi Vilas Palace in Baroda.

‘Dhrangadhra’ sandstone may be a relatively unfamiliar term for most residents of the city, but it is possible that everyone may have seen this sandstone donating to architectural masterpieces within and around the city.

Sandstone was used to construct the Sidi Sayyid ni Jali, Adalaj ni Vava, Huthesing Jain temples, and other historical monuments and these structures still thrill visitors with their sheer architectural brilliance. But sandstone began to disappear after the 18th century due to the increased use of bricks and its high cost. Today it is being revived in a new avatar due to the efforts of some artisans, experts, and the government.

Artisans have come up with a new idea to make Dhrangadhra popular and this is expected to stop the felling of trees. People can use this sandstone as decorative door panels, dining table stands, lamps, and wall pieces.

The stone got its name from a place where it is found in considerable quantities. Dhrangadhra is a small town in Surendranagar and has hundreds of stone quarries meant for exporting these stones across the country.

Sompura showcased the ongoing work in Dhrangadhara stone artisan park, an initiative by the Gujarat government to revive the sandstone industry. The park will provide training to artisans, who are contributing to making such articles.

“As it is a costly affair to build a house with sandstones today, we are focusing on articles that are ‘green’ as well as being cheap. Sandstone.

He firmly believed that millions of trees could be saved using such articles. The trend of using such green stones is gaining popularity. Sompura said, “It has been 6 to 7 years since we launched these articles and people have appreciated it a lot.

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