Art and Culture

Guru Padmasambhava

Guru Padmasambhava was born in India and travelled all across Himalayan region in the 8th century to spread Buddhism and Buddhist teachings. Guru Padmasambhava is highly revered in Bhutan. There is an image or painting of the Guru Padmasambhava in every Bhutanese home or temple. Guru Padmasambhava was also known as Guru Rinpoche is widely venerated as a “second …

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Ancient Monuments

What is an Ancient Monument? The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 defines Ancient Monument as any structure, erection or monument, or any tumulus or place of interment, or any cave, rock-sculpture, inscription or monolith which is of historical, archaeological or artistic interest and which has been in existence for not less …

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Bhagavad Gita

Bhagwat Gita: It is 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of Hindu epic Mahabharata. It is set in narrative framework of dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, yogic ideals of moksha through jnana, …

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Thang Ta and Sarit Sarak

These two are the martial art forms from the Indian state of Manipur. In Manipuri language thang means sword and ta means spear. Thang Ta is name for the ancient martial practice known as Huyen Lallong . The unarmed aspect of Thang Ta is named as sarit sarak.

Sabarimala Temple

The temple is situated atop a hill in the deep forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats in Pathanamthitta district. This ancient forest shrine, situated 210 km from Kochi, draws pilgrims from different parts of the country. Recently, with the development of road transport and communication facilities, Sabarimala has been witnessing a phenomenal increase …

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Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century sun temple at Konark on the coastline of Odisha. The name Konark derives from the combination of the Sanskrit words Kona (corner or angle) and Arka (the sun). The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty Dedicated to the Hindu god Surya, what remains …

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Brihadisvara Temple

Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Koyil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. It follows Dravidian architecture. It is called as Dhakshina Meru (Meru of south). Built by Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD, the temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola …

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    It is a traditional martial art associated with Sikhism The Punjabi name gatka properly refers to the wooden stick used. It is a traditional South Asian form of combat-training in which wooden sticks are used to simulate swords Gatka can be practiced either as a sport (khela) or ritual (rasmi). The sport form …

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Lohagarh Fort

  Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort) is situated at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. It was constructed by Bharatpur Jat rulers. Maharaja Suraj Mal used all his power and wealth to a good cause, and built numerous forts and palaces across his kingdom, one of them being the Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort), which was one of the …

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