Cultural Heritage

A Terracotta from Maniyambadi

by

Sugavana Murugan

Maniyambadi is a small village in Dharmapuri District. The village is famous for its Chennakesava Perumal Temple built by the great Jagadeva Raya of the later Vijayanagar period who had successfully fought in the Penukonda war. The ancient site is identified with the hills of Mookanoor Malai

Dance in South Indian Sculpture and Painting

Professor Leela Ganapathy Head of Department of History of Arts Government College of Arts & Crafts, Madras

Art is a collaboration between God and man, raising him to the exclusive band of creators and taking him deeply within and around his handiwork. It is a unique result of a unique temperament with its beauty derived

HISTORICAL ANTIQUITIES IN SENDURAI AREA AND A 1300 YEARS OLD PALLAVA INSCRIPTION WITH SRIVATSAM SCULPTURE – A REPORT

M. Amirthalingam

Historical Antiquities in Sendurai Traces of pre-historic man have been found around Sendurai in Perambalur-Tiruvalluvar District of Tamilnadu.  On the bank of a stream beside the road from Sendurai to Nakkambodi, a rge number of urns and bla

THE CONCEPT OF VIRA-SWARGA AS GLEANED FROM THE HERO STONES OF SOUTH INDIA

B. Ranganathan

According to popular belief, soldiers dying on the battle-field are transported to heaven and enjoy heavenly damsels and pleasures. This popular belief is as old as the Rig-Veda. There are numerous references to such concepts in Indian literature belonging to the ancient as well as medieval period. The Mahabharata

SOME EPIGRAPHICAL REFERENCES TO IRON WORKS IN EARLY ORISSA (A.D. 400-1000)

Dr. R.C. Misro

In the rural society of early Orissa, black-smiths seemed to be the most sought after artisans as they manufactured agricultural tools and implements, weapons of war and hunting, and other articles of domestic requirements.  In this paper, an att

‘CHENNAI’ – A CLARIFICATORY NOTE

Dr. G.J. Sudhakar and Mrs. Sudarsana Choudhury

On 30th September 1996, the capital of Tamilnadu and one of the major cities of India, Madras was christened as Chennai. This sudden change of name of Madras, which has been in existing for the past three hundred and fifty-seven years certainly draws o

IMAGES OF SAINT SADĀŚIVA BRAHMENDRA

Chandra Bose Research Scholar, Centre for History, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli

Sadāśiva Brahmendra lived during the first half of the 18th century A.D. and was a great sage thoroughly conversant with Hindu philosophy. He was a contemporary of Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman (1730-1769 A.D.) of Pudukkottai an

SRI NAGANADHASAMY TEMPLE, AMBUR, VELLORE DISTRICT

Dr. Major. Syed Shahabuddeen Professor of History, Islamiah College, Vaniyambadi, Tamilnadu. Temples occupy a unique place in the socio-economic life of the ancient Tamils. To begin with, the word kovil was referred to only as the palace of a monarch, as Tamilians used to associate divinity, justness, and benevolence with the kings and went even to t

CULTURAL TRADITION OF KACHABESWARAR TEMPLE

M.Amirthalingam It is one of the largest and most important temples of Kanchipuram town, the town of a thousand temples.  Kachabeswarar temple is located in the southern corner of Western Raja street at a distance of about one kilometre from the famous Ekambareshwara temple.  The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, also called Kachabeswarar.  His consort is Soundara

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 cultural identity and traditional patterns of land conservation. Sacred mountains are distinguished from other sacred sites as being exception