Nanak Naam Lewa

Nanak Naam Lewa Any person who believes in Guru Nanak and follows his teachings in life, irrespective of belonging to any religion is a Nanak Naam Lewa. Prof Paramvir Singh from Department of Encyclopedia of Sikhism, Punjabi University, Patiala, says, “Any person who follows Guru Nanak and believes in his Read More …

Thiruvalluvar

Who was Thiruvalluvar? Thiruvalluvar is fondly referred to as Valluvar by Tamils. His ‘Tirukkural’, a collection of 1,330 couplets (‘kurals’ in Tamil), are an essential part of every Tamil household — in the same way as, say, the Bhagavad Gita or the Ramayana are in traditional North Indian Hindu households. Read More …

Rangdum Monastery

Context : Recently Archaeological Survey of India is planning to declare the Rangdum Monastery as a monument of national importance. About Rangdum Monastery Rangdum Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh in Kargil district What is Monuments of National Importance A monument or a site is declared to be of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey Read More …

Mahabalipuram’s China connection

Context : Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, 56 km south of Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet China’s President Xi Jinping on October 11 & 12 in an informal Wuhan-style summit, had ancient links with Buddhism and China through the maritime outreach of the Pallava dynasty. Mamallapuram & Pallava Dynasty Read More …

Explained: What does bunad mean?

When Norwegian Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund went to Rashtrapati Bhavan to present his credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind recently, he was wearing his country’s traditional folk costume. Called a “bunad”, it is not a single kind of costume but an umbrella term with several regional variations. A bunad often Read More …

What does ancient DNA show about history?

Context The journal Cell published a paper, An Ancient Harappan Genome Lacks Ancestry from Steppe Pastoralists and Iranian Farmers, which claimed that the inhabitants of the Indus Valley Civilisation lacked the steppe-pastoralist ancestry which had brought Indo-European languages into South Asia. The findings of the paper, whose key authors are the archaeologist Read More …

Conservation of Muga Silk

Context For Conservation of Muga Silk in natural habitat the Government of India has approved a project on conservation of Muga in natural habitat in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and Meghalaya. About Muga Silk Muga silk is a variety of wild silk geographically tagged to the state Read More …

Iconic Tourist Sites initiative

Context During her Budget speech earlier this month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that 17 “Iconic Tourist Sites” in the country would be developed by the government “into world class tourist destinations, to serve as a model for other tourism sites”. The initiative was aimed at enhancing India’s soft power. The Sites Read More …

Nagara, Dravida & Vesara Temples

Temple architecture evolved slightly differently in different regions, such as the distinct features of Orissa, Kashmir and Bengal temples, but it can be generally classified under three categories- Nagara (North), Dravida (South) and Vesara styles. The shikhara tower in Nagara temples has a sloping curve as they rise and are topped by an amalaka (a large fluted disk) and also a small Read More …

The marvel at Bhitargaon

Context: The excavations of cities of the Indus Valley Civilisation testify to early urbanisation, as early as 2,600 BCE. Rock-cut architecture began to develop from the 3rd century BCE. Though the earliest rock-cut architecture is from the Mauryan dynasty, the Ajanta caves are among the earliest rock-cut temples. Brick Temple: Read More …