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…

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…

Kumatagi – Once a Dazzling Spa Now a Shepherd’s Grazing Ground

In the might of the battlefield at Kurukshetra, when Arjuna is deeply moved anticipating the devastation and severe loss of life of all his cousins, Lord Krishna, his sarathi comes to counsel with words ‘Change is the law of universe. You can be a millionaire, or a pauper in an instant’. Yes, I felt exactly…