Gurjara Pratihara Temples – Splendid Examples from Osian

In early 8th century CE, Harshavardhana, the Emperor of Kannauj passed away. Harsha was the last among the early rulers of Indian Subcontinent who had beheld the United India, a trend started with the Mauryas in the 3rd century BCE. Now there was a new threat – the Islamic invasion from the west. Within India,…

Jaugada – Beyond Ashokan Edicts

Who does not like listening a good story? Otherwise what is there in a desolate archaeological site, such as Jaugada in Rusikuliya Valley of southern Odisha. In the 3rd Century BCE, it was a flourishing civilisation. Known as Samapa, its prosperity had dragged Ashoka to address its provincial head, Mahamatta and its people on dhamma…

Kalishanath Temple at Kanchipuram – A Gem of Pallava Architecture

A couple of years back I had visited Kalilashnath Temple at Ellora, a monolithic rock-cut wonder and the northern most historical temple of Dravidian style built by the Rashtrakuta King Krishna in the 8th century CE. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, however according to some scholars the temple’s architecture was influenced by Kalishnath Temple at…

Bijapur’s Nauraspur – The Musical Soul of Deccan

Bhaka nyari nyari bhava ek kaha Turk kaha Barahaman Whether a Turk (Muslim) or a Brahmin with different language – emotion is the same Nouras soor juga joti ani saroguni yusat Sarasati mata Ibrahim parasada bhayi dooni Oh mother Sarasvati! Since you have blessed Ibrahim, his work Navras will last for long Kitab-E-Navras In history…

A Journey through Mehmedabad’s Water Heritage structures

If you are a heritage lover and a resident of Ahmedabad and looking for a half a day out of the bustle of the city, then 35 km away the little town of Mehmedabad would not disappoint you. Situated on the bank of River Vatrak in neighbouring Kheda District, Mehmedabad with its half Hindu and…

Sex for Liberation – Bhubaneswar’s Vaital Deula

On a busy road in the heritage district of Bhubaneswar is located Vaital Deula to what the Bhubaneswarias call Tinimundia Mandira because of its three amalaka crowns placed in a straight line over a boat shaped mastaka. The temple breaks the convention of Odiya style. Built in the style of a Buddhist chaitya, the temple…