Archive for November, 2020

THE ROLE OF ROYAL PATRONAGE ON JAINA ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN TAMIL NADU – PART I

“Religion is the only friend which keeps company even after one's death, All the rest is destroyed with the body"

Jainism is an Indian religion and is still a living faith in some parts of the country. The number of its followers is just over two million. Its contribution to the Indian heritage is more signifi

ON THE ROAD TO EXTINCTION – THE LEGENDARY SEA-COW OR THE DUGONG

During the early part of the century, the population of the dugongs (sea–cows) in the   Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay was in thousands. A recent aerial survey could not spot a single animal though fishermen occasionally reported seeing one.  What has happened to the dugongs of the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay? Where have they gone?

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THAGADUR MEMORIAL STONES – PART II

Irulappatty hero-stones

Of all the hero-stones discovered so far, the oldest one is found at Irulappatty (Pappambadi), a village in Harur taluk of Dharmapuri district. It belongs to the fifth century A.D. There is a reference about the ruler Kovisaya Vinna Varman of that time. It has been recorded in the fourth r

THAGADUR MEMORIAL STONES – PART I

The hero-cult and the philosophy underlying the process of commemoration are deep-rooted in our ancient literature and history. Memorial stones have been found in different parts of India for over a century. They are known locally by various names such as virakals, paliyas, nadukal, govardhan-stambas, kiriti-stambas, chaya-stambas or merely khatrias, st