NATURAL HERITAGE


BABY SEALS – ADORABLE, HELPLESS, AND DESTINED TO DIE

By Candace Calloway Whiting It seems that Canada is not all maple syrup after all; the government supported baby seal slaughter is set to resume on April 10th, with a quota set just under a half a million seal pups. While the barbaric practice is supposedly market driven by demand for the seal skins, the truth is that the Canadian government spends millions more in regulating the hunt than ....

CULTURAL HERITAGE


MITAWALI – YOGINI TEMPLE MYSTIFIED

Mitawali is situated in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. This small village is famous for its circular yogini temple. Very less is known about the antiquity of this village in particular. Surprisingly, this temple escaped the curious eyes of Sir Alexander Cunningham, who with his associates, carried out extensive surveys of northern and western Indian antiquities in the late nineteenth centu....

THIRUKAZHUKUNDRAM: AN ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITE OF TAMILNADU

By M.Amirthalingam Sacred mountains play a vital role in the conservation of local ecology and the environment. A variety of themes are often found within sacred mountain traditions. The beliefs demonstrate an important link between the community’s cultural identity and traditional patterns of land conservation. Sacred mountains are distinguished from other sacred sites as being exceptionally....

SHIVA AS BADA DEV: GOND SYMBOLISMS ON INDUS SEALS – PART 1

Bibhu Dev Misra The Gond tribes of Central India have been in the news lately because of their linguistic connections to the Indus Valley civilization. According to Gondi scholar Dr.Motiravan Kangale, the letters of the Gondi script, which can be found inscribed in the interiors of the Gotuls (youth dormitories) in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, resemble the Indus script - in particula....

Tiruvannamalai Hill

Tiruvannamalai hill spread over an extent of 24 acres is regarded as a sacred mountain. In fact the mountain is so sacred that nobody may walk on the hill, nor build on the hill nor even cut a tree. Of course, this rule is broken easily nowadays. On a physical level, the hill symbolises height or potential energy, and is the basis for retention and efficient distribution of life-giving water to th....

TIRUVANNAMALAI

Prakriti or cosmic matter is made up of five great elements, each with its own life, form and location, but inter-dependent and connected. The five great elements are (according to their decreasing subtlety) space or aakasha; air or vayu; fire or agni; water or aapa; and earth or prithvi, according to several Upanishads. In the South of India, there are five great temples of Shiva associated wi....