History of Democracy and Education (and how British colonialism dismantled it)

This article is about the history of democratic culture in India and how it has shaped our present system of education and therefore our lives. It talks about how traditional education system before and during the time of the East India Company, how the school system changed during British rule with the introduction of the English language and its far …

Guru Purnima

गुरु ब्रम्हा गुरु विष्णू गुरुः देवो महेश्वरा गुरु शाक्षात परब्रम्हा तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नमः Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwarah Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah Guru Purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima is a festival commemorating the goodness of spiritual gurus and teachers. Celebrated each year on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha of …

Shilpa Shastras

Shilpa Shastras literally means the Science of Shilpa – Arts, Crafts and Architecture. It is an ancient umbrella term for numerous Dharmic texts that describe arts, crafts, and their design rules, principles and standards. In the context of temple design, Shilpa Shastras were manuals for sculpture and Dharmic iconography, prescribing among other things, the proportions of a sculptured figure, composition, …

The Vijayanagara Empire

The Vijayanagara kingdom was founded by Harihara and Bukka of the Sangama dynasty in 1336. At the instance of their guru Vidyaranya, they established their kingdom with its capital at Vijayanagar. Harihara became the first ruler, and by 1346 the whole of Hoysala kingdom passed into the hands of the Vijayanagara rulers. Bukka succeeded his brother on the throne of …

Story of Nandi

Why is there always Nandi in front of Shiva linga in Shiva Temple. And only behind Nandi, that we should bow, prostrate and look to Shiva by the two horns of Nandi. According to methodological stories : When the positive forces, the devas, and the negative forces, the asuras, joined together on a rare occasion to churn the ocean with …

The Vanishing Stairwells of India

Scattered across India’s vast landscape of ancient architecture including temples, mosques, and palaces are an often overlooked relic of historic infrastructure called stepwells. These subterranean buildings, once numbered in the thousands, were originally dug into the landscape so residents could easily access water. Over time, stepwells grew increasingly elaborate in their construction, morphing from modest rock-cut holes into fully functional …