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Dynasties of Magadha – I

While the Magadha kings aggressively expanded their territory, they also gave patronage to Buddhism and Jainism which originated in the empire...
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Mahajanapadas

During the Vedic period, sixteen Mahajanapadas ruled northern India, of whom the Kurus are credited with establishing the Vedic heritage.
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King Herod

King Herod might have been just another footnote in the history of Judaea if it were not for the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was born in his k...
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Emperor Ashoka

Fierce emperor-turned-promoter of peace, Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Empire is known through the rock edicts and pillars that he had erected ...
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UNESCO tag yet Ahmedabad needs to do more

Debashish Nayak, Director, Centre for Heritage Management of Ahmedabad University has been working for ove...

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Chandragupta Maurya

Born in a humble family, Chandragupta Maurya rose to build the largest empire on the Indian sub-continent with a prosperous economy and a powe...
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Festival

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Skanda Shashti

Skanda Shashti, dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, the celestial general, marks his victory over the asuras. WORDS: MADHURI. Y/vc_column_...
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NEW YEARS AROUND THE WORLD

New year days differ across the world, but what is common to all of them is fresh hope, and the desire for a new beginning. WORDS: M...
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LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ preached for a little over two years before he was crucified. Yet, today, every third person on earth is a Christian. And, Christ...
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Kalabhairav Jayanti

God of Time and the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, Kala Bhairava kills the ego and takes one towards liberation WORDS: MADHURI....
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FESTIVALS: URBAN CELEBRATIONS

Many a festival like Ganesh Chaturthi was once limited to a close circle within the family living in villages during the 50s and before. Th...

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ONAM

Legendary King Mahabali once ruled Kerala and had sacrificed everything to make his people prosperous and happy. To this day he is remembered ...
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Heritage

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Into the by lanes of Agra

Agra, located on the banks of the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, has been mentioned in the epic Mahabharata where it was named as Agravena (meaning ...
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A True Glimpse of Kolkata

Kolkata, which is located on the east bank of the Hooghly river, is known as the commercial...
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Jaipur – City of wonderful surprises

Pink City, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is full of wonderful surpris...
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Traversing the old city

A walk down the old city to discover the fascinating monuments that have been built in various places WORDS: TEAM URBAN VAASTU/vc_c...
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Spirituality Insight

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Prashna Upanishad – The Only Goal

(Continued from the last edition...) Guru Pippalaada continues to explain the essence of matter (rayi) and energy (prana) to the six disciples.
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PRASHNA UPANISHAD – MATTER AND ENERGY

Prashnopanishad is a set of six questions posed by six students to their Guru Pippalaada, beginning with the concept of the macrocosm and proc...
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THE GOOD SAMARITAN – CHRIST’S PARABLE

The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us who a neighbour is and how to love a neighbour. WORDS: MADHURI. Y/vc_...
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Pancha Brahma – Sadashiva

Lord Shiva in the form of Sadashiva is the five-faced God who ensures creation, protection, destruction, obscuration and revelation ...
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BHAGAVATA PURANA

Bhagavata Purana lays emphasis on dharma, bhakti and Advaita WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc_colu...
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BHAJA GOVINDAM

Bhaja Govindam propounds bhakti yoga as a means to salvation WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc_colu...
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Temples of India

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MUMBAI’S MOST POPULAR TEMPLE Siddhivinayak

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir attracts millions of devout visitors every year. Fortunately, the temple has been able to organise the...
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KANAKA DURGA TEMPLE Jewel of Amaravati

Perched on the Indrakeeladri Hills on the banks Krishna River nestles the famous Kanaka Durga Temple of Vijayawada, which is now part of Amaravati, upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh. Dating back to the...
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VARAHA TEMPLES Symbols of love and bravery

In the Vishnu Purana, Varaha represents sacrifice, as the eternal upholder of Earth Words:STEFFI MAC/v...
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BRAHMA TEMPLE The Home of the Creator

Brahma temple in Pushkar is an architectural marvel. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma Himself, The temple is an incredible tale ...
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GURUVAYUR WORDS: Abode of God’s Own Country

Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is situated in a municipal town Guruvayur of Thrissur District of Kerala. It is the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day. Since...
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BHADRACHALAM TEMPLE BHAKTA RAMDAS Beauty of faith, atmost devotion

Temples have been our place of solace and peace quite often. At times they have been the reason to help us deal with problems and then there a...
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