Cultural Heritage

THE DECORATIVE FEMALE FIGURES ON THE WALLS OF THE SUN TEMPLE AT KONARAK: AN APPRAISAL – PART I

The Sun temple at Konarak, remarkable for its architecture and building techniques, is magnificent for its immortal sculptures of various types. There is a profusion of sculpture on the outer surface of the temple walls, mostly of a high order. The temple, with all its beautiful carvings and symmetry of design, outnumbers and far excels the sculptural activities of

GOLCONDA – THE KINGS AND THEIR CULTURE PART II

With the transformation of the Golconda kingdom into a Moghul protectorate due to the Inkiyat Nama or the Deed of Submission signed under the duress by Abdullah with Shah Jahan, Mughal style gradually pierced into the Golconda paintings and a perceptible impact of the same can be gleaned from the paintings ascribed to and after Abdullah Quli. Consequently, at times

GOLCONDA – THE KINGS AND THEIR CULTURE – PART I

The Shi-ite Qutubshahi Kings of Golconda having their origin in Persia, established their supremacy firmly for hundred and seventy-one years i.e., from 1518-1687 on the Decanis political firmament and actively contributed enormously for the cultural advancement of Golconda (lying in the precincts of the present Telangana in Andhra Pradesh)

SRI LAKSHMI IN AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS – PART II

Lotus

The lotus symbol is Lakshmi's emblem. The lotus represents the water.  As Padma, she is herself the lotus. She is the lady of the lotus and holds lotuses in each of her hands. She is adorned with a lotus garland. The lotus is her seat. The lotuses in various stages of blooming represent the worlds and bein

SRI LAKSHMI IN AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS – PART I

Lakshmi, the chief consort of Visnu, has the appellation 'Sri'. The word "Sri" signifies "the sign of beauty", "the token of good fortune", "the mark of royal power", and is synonymous with luck, prosperity, grace, happiness, and royal domain. She is widely worshipped in our country by all religious sects, including the Jains and the Buddhists.

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THE UNKNOWN SANSKRIT POETS OF THE PALLAVA, PANDYA AND CHOLA PERIODS

It was a general practice of issuing royal charters and recording on stones whenever a ruling monarch donated lands or the revenue of the villages to a certain temple or to the Brahmins for their wellbeing. It is mentioned in Tamil as sembilum silaiyilum vettuvittukkolvirakuka (the donees are requested to engrave on the copper plate and on stone). In almost

Dr. SUNIL KOTHARI

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It is with great sorrow that we pay homage to Dr. Sunil Kothari, a noted research schola

VELLERIKOMBAI — A ROCK ART SITE IN THE NILGIRIS

Rock art sites in the Nilgiris

In the Nilgiris, rock art sites are found in Sigur, Iduhatty, Konavakoral, Thengumarahada, and Vellerikombai. Of all these five sites, the Vellerikombai Rock Art site differs from the rest of the sites both in coloration and style, apart from the depictions. For instance, Vellerikombai Rock Art is in red ochre, with s

PLANT VARIETIES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Plants were once the unifying forces of people. People were attracted by plants and human settlements developed on the banks of rivers which were blessed with lush green vegetation. With the advent of international trade in plants and plant related products, plants even connected nations. Often fertile green areas attracted conflicts and led to conquests.

THE MANY STORIES OF DIWALI SHARE A COMMON THEME OF TRIUMPH OF JUSTICE

As many Indian Americans celebrate the election of the first Black and South Asian woman, Kamala Harris, to the White House, many will also be celebrating the festival of Diwali on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Sometimes called the Indian festival of lights, Diwali is arguably the most important holiday of the year for South Asian families.