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…

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…

Mallinath Ji Temple at Bankli – Where Shiva is a Folk God

In India, if you are a foreign tourist seeking knowledge about Hinduism, there are scores of books, both affordable and expensive, yet most of all concentrate on formal Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. Yet there is another side of Hinduism that revolves around folk beliefs and folk heroes, who once…

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…

Sawai Jai Singh’s Nahargarh – A Pride of Jaipur

A popular story goes: The young Jai Singh when first attended the Mughal court as Raja of Amer, his daring courage and quick-witted bantering appeased the anger of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and earned him that appellation. Aurangzeb was annoyed with Amer family because of the action of Jai Singh’s immediate predecessors, the Kachchwahas who…

Wells of Shekawati – A World beyond the Painted Havelis

When you decide to travel into the heartland of Shekawati, what draws to your popular imagination is its painted havelis filled with themes of 18th-19th centuries India commissioned by erstwhile Marwari merchants of the region who made their fortunes at Calcutta and elsewhere. Almost all travel websites and bloggers allure you to its splendid havelis….