Category Archives: History

Book Review – Ancient India: Its Language and Religions by Hermann Oldenberg

Ancient India: Its Language and Religionsby Hermann Oldenberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars A good book to understand the history of Sanskrit studies in West. How it started and which personalities made clear inroads into that field is all detailed … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism by A.L. Basham

  The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduismby A.L. Basham My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book synthesise Basham’s great knowledge of the art, architecture, literature, and religion of India, this concise history traces the spiritual life of India … Continue reading

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Book Review – Ravished Armenia (1918):: The story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian girl, who lived through the great massacres by Aurora Mardiganian

  Ravished Armenia (1918):: The story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian girl, who lived through the great massacres by Aurora Mardiganian My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was a difficult read, a really harrowing account of the brutality of … Continue reading

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The Epic 27 Year War That Saved Hinduism

The war that can be described the mother of all wars in India after Mahabharata was fought between Marathas & Mughals. It started in 1681 with the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s invasion of Maratha empire. It ended in 1707 with Aurangzeb’s … Continue reading

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Shivaji’s letter to Aurangzeb on the levy of ‘jaziya’

Shivaji Maharaj is a symbol of Maratha and Indian pride, valour and highest standards of kingship. Shivaji’s clarion call for ‘Swarajya‘ has held sway on Hindu minds for over four centuries and continues to inspire Hindus. A prolific communicator, one … Continue reading

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The Greatness of the Rishi tradition in India by Sampadananda Mishra

A Rishi is one who flows or is in tune with the rhythmic movement of the universe. Introduction इदं नम ऋषिभ्यः पूर्वेभ्यः पूर्वजेभ्यः पथिकृद्भ्यः|| || idaṁ namaḥ ṛṣibhyaḥ pūrvajebhyaḥ pūrvebhyaḥ pathikṛdbhyaḥ || (Rigveda, 10.14.15) “We offer our obeisance to the … Continue reading

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Oldest Chess Board

This chess board excavated from Lothal, Gujarat is the earliest ever chessboard known to the history of mankind. It belongs to Indus Valley Civilization and dates back to c.2300 BCE. The board was used to play an early form of … Continue reading

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Lakshmi: Vedic science of Wealth

Wealth is defined in modern English as “an abundance of valuable possessions or money” or “a plentiful supply of a particular desirable thing.” Father of Capitalism – Adam Smith – in his book “The Wealth of Nations”, described wealth as … Continue reading

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Amazing Facts about India and Indians!

India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization. India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years o…f history. India is the world’s largest democracy. Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called “the ancient city” when Lord Buddha visited … Continue reading

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Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Origin of the Names of the Days of the Week

EMILY UPTON APRIL 9, 2013 Today I found out why we have a seven day week and the origins of each day’s name. Two of the earliest known civilizations to use a seven day week were the Babylonians and the … Continue reading

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