Torana Gate, Malaysia

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Torana Gate


Torana Gate is gift from the Indian government to Malaysia
Location Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Designer Akshaya Jain & Associates
Type Torana
Width 7.3 metres (24 ft)
Height 10.4 metres (34 ft)
Completion date 20 August 2015
Opening date 23 November 2015
Dedicated to Friendship between India and Malaysia

Torana Gate is a torana (a type of gateway) in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. [1] [2] The gate is a gift from the Government of India to Malaysia, as a mark of continued friendship between the two countries. [3] It was influenced by Hindu and Buddhist architecture of the Indian subcontinent.


Torana is a free-standing ornamental or arched gateway for ceremonial purposes seen in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain architecture of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and parts of East Asia.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the construction of the Torana Gate during a state visit to Malaysia in 2010. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs invited 16 firms for its design competition, and appointed architects Akshaya Jain & Associates to design the gate. The design is identical to the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. [4]

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The gate was installed by developer MRCB Engineering Sdn Bhd on 20 August 2015. The Torana Gate was inaugurated on 23 November 2015 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. [5]

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While toranas are generally single plane structures, the design of the Torana Gate in Kuala Lumpur merges two toranas with a patterned ceiling comprising carved stone panels, thereby creating a pavilion. The total height, from ground level to the chakra on top, is 10.4 metres (34 ft) and the width at its maximum point is 7.3 metres (24 ft). [6] Each facet of the Gate has been adorned with decorative motifs and carvings, in buff-coloured sandstone panels from India. The artwork was designed to convey rhythm, symmetry and decorative beauty, while remaining a timeless reminder of Indian craftsmanship. [7]

Buff (colour) pale yellow-brown colour of the un-dyed leather of several animals

Buff is the pale orange-brown colour of the undyed leather of several animals.

Sandstone A clastic sedimentary rock composed mostly of sand-sized particles

Sandstone is a clastic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized mineral particles or rock fragments.

The reliefs on the Torana Gate, though broadly derived from the carvings at the Torana Gates of Sanchi, are yet different and intended to portray Indian art in a contemporary manner, adapted to suit the locational context. A large number of decorative elements have been used on the columns and architraves that include carved panels as well as sculpted blocks. The paved area around the Torana Gate, up to the piazza around the existing fountain, consists of patterned granite flooring. The pedestrian spine along the central axis is designed with a variety of geometrical motifs in varied shades of granite. The curvilinear ceiling of the Torana structure was designed with ribs running in both the directions. These structural ribs, creating 24 coffers, support carved stone panels, which are square in shape and have intricate floral carvings. [8]

Granite A common type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock with granular structure

Granite is a common type of felsic intrusive igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture. Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color, depending on their mineralogy. The word "granite" comes from the Latin granum, a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a holocrystalline rock. Strictly speaking, granite is an igneous rock with between 20% and 60% quartz by volume, and at least 35% of the total feldspar consisting of alkali feldspar, although commonly the term "granite" is used to refer to a wider range of coarse-grained igneous rocks containing quartz and feldspar.

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