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कम्बोडिया: एक संक्षिप्त परिचय , Temples of Cambodia

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Temples of Cambodia

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Temples of Cambodiaभारत को एशिया की संस्कृति का पालना कहा जाए तो कोई अतिशयोक्ति नहीं होगी. श्री लंका, भूटान, नेपाल, म्यांमार, चीन, से लेकर थाईलैंड, कम्बोडिआ, मलेशिया, इंडोनेशिया, और सुदूर पूर्व में कोरिया तथा जापान, सभी देशो की संस्कृति में भारतकी अमिट छाप आज भी दिखाई पड़ती है. अधिकांश देशों में यह छाप जीवन के गूढ़ रहस्यों को जानने की मनुष्य की कोशिश अर्थात धर्म और अध्यात्म में मुख्य रूप […]

Rani Gumpha, Ganesha Gumpha and other caves of Udayagiri, Orissa

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Odisha Odyssey

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Odisha Odyssey(In the previous article, you have read how Jaishree’s curiosity to know more about the Udayagiri Cave Complex forced Emperor Kharavela to come out of oblivion and take her to the guided tour of the complex) Jaishree – From Elephant Cave, we move towards a series of caves. There are rudimentary shelves cut into these caves. The shape of these shelves reflect that probably the monks and used those […]

Caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri – a guided tour with the Emperor Kharavela

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Odisha Odyssey

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Odisha OdysseyI see a young woman (young! well if the adjective does not reflect her age, it definitely reflects her spirit and desire to know more) completely lost while visiting my offering to the world – the famous cave complex of Udayagiri and Khandagiri. This cave complex is situated around six kilometer west of Bhubaneswar. I live here, this is my abode. I pass my time, observing tourists visiting the […]

Chandragiri Hill and the spread of Jainism in South India

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Shravanabelagola Quest

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Shravanabelagola QuestChandragiri Hills at Shravanabelagola is associated with the revival of Jainism in South India. This place was known to the Jain devotees as early as third century BC. It was a popular destination for doing santhara, an arduous tapasaya done mainly by ill and aged devotees giving up food, water and all pleasures of life, accomplishing a desire-less death. It is believed that hundred and six such deaths happened […]

The Nawabs of Junagadh

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Gujarat Reverie

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Gujarat ReverieIn a previous article, I wrote about the victory of Mahmud Begada over Raja Mandlik III in AD 1473. This victory brought Junagadh under the rule of Ahmadshahi Sultanate. It was then the turn of Muslim rulers to contribute and enrich Junagadh’s cultural heritage. Subsequently, in late sixteenth century Junagadh became part of the powerful Mughal Empire. By mid-eighteenth century the Mughal Empire weakened and Sher Khan Babi, who […]

Junagadh – A walk through history and folklores at Uparkot Fort

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Gujarat Reverie

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Gujarat ReverieJunagadh is an exciting town to explore for the tourists with an eye for architecture and a taste for history. It was an important city during the regimes of Mauryean and Gupta dynasties in 300 to 200 BC and early AD. Post-independence, it was again in prominence and tested the skills of ‘Iron-will’ Sardar Patel, when its eccentric nawab refused to merge his small state with India and insisted […]