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Amazing Facts

  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Areal View
    Areal view of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple located at Srirangam
    ...Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple located at Srirangam is spread over 155 acres and contains seven prakaras or enclosures, representing the seven chakras of our body.
  • ...during the 1857 War of Independence, Jhalkari Bai had disguised as Rani of Jhansi and taken over the command of the army.
  • ...Maharaja Kharavela of Odisha was so powerful that the Greek invader Demetrius had shifted outside the Indian territory in morbid fear of the powerful Kalinga army without any war.
  • ...Guru Tegh Bahadur, 9th Guru of Sikh sect martyred to save Kashmiri Pandits from Aurangzeb's cruel fanaticism.
  • ...Tirthankar Adinath and other twenty one Jain tirthankars were born in the Ikshvaku clan, the same clan in which Lord Ram was born?
  • ...Tondaimandalam region and its capital, the city of Kanchipuram, was one of the richest regions in the world under the Pallavas.
  • ...The Tirrukural, composed by Sage Thiruvalluvar and a part of Sangam Literature, has 133 chapters, that deal with many aspects of life and religion.
  • ...it was not Prithviraj Chauhan, but Maharaja Hemchandra Vikramaditya (Hemu), who was the last Hindu Emperor ruling from Delhi.
  • ....the revolt of 1857, referred to as the Sepoy Mutiny by the colonial historians, was popularized as the First War of Independence by V.D Savarkar in 1909.
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Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda
Swami vivekananda meditating

Swami Vivekananda was one of India's greatest spiritual teachers who is credited with the rejuvenation of the Hindu faith in India after centuries of medieval decline. His early association with Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa proved to be essential in shaping his spiritual life. Swami Vivekananda represented Hindu Dharma at the 1893 Worlds Parliament of Religions convened during the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago. With his opening words, 'Sisters and brothers of America', he brought the crowd to its feet. Subsequently he was invited to speak all over America and Europe.

Bhagwan Mahavir

Bhagwan Mahavir was the 24th and last Tirthankara of Jain Dharma and is responsible for reordering the Dharma and introducing the Jain Sangha. Bhagwan Mahavir considered men and women to be spiritual equals and that they both may renounce the world in search of Moksha. Bhagwan Mahavir encouraged participation of people from all social standings - rich and poor, men and women. The ultimate goal behind practicing the teachings of Bhagwan Mahavira is to attain freedom from the vicious cycle of rebirth as human life is representative of pain, misery and vices.

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Our Heritage, Our Pride!

Katarmal Sun Temple

Katarmal Sun Temple
Katarmal Sun Temple at Katarmal, Almora, Uttarakhand, India

The Katarmal temple is situated on a lofty hill on the right bank of the River Kosi at a distance of approx 17 km from Almora preached at an elevation of 2, 116 metres above the sea level in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. This temple was constructed by king katarmalla of Katyuri dynasty in the 9 th century CE and from there it has got the name Katarmal and is a stunning example of Katyuri's rich history. There are about 50 subsidiary shrines of the late 7th to 8th century A.D clustered around the main temple. The significance of the temple is notable since it is the only important shrine dedicated to Surya in this part of the country (North India) while the other temple dedicated to lord Surya is the famous Konark temple in Odisha located in the eastern parts . The temple is locally known as the Bara Adit or the great Sun God.

Samudra Gupta

Though many emperors in Indian history doubled up as adept warriors, few may match Samudra Gupta in his warrior instincts. Samudra Gupta's empire comprised nearly the whole of Northern India. During his reign, gold coins were minted and issued in large numbers. At one level, they highlight the sheer value of transactions being undertaken by the Guptas. However, it also offers deeper insights into the charismatic personality of Samudragupta. While some coins show him holding a battle axe keeping the legend of Kritarta in mind, others depict him performing the Ashvamedha sacrifice. The scale of achievements associated with Samudra Gupta, coupled with the profusion of gold coins that enter the archaeological record makes his reign the beginning of a Golden Age in Indian history.

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Eminent Indian Historians

K.A. Nilakanta Sastri

K.A. Nilakanta Sastri
K. A. Nilkanta Sastri

Born on August 12, 1892 into a Telugu Niyogi family in the Tirunelveli district, K.A. Nilkanta Sastri pursued History from Hindu College, Tirunelveli. Later, secured an MA degree from the renowned Madras Christian College in 1913. From 1913 to 1918, he worked as a lecturer in the Hindu College, Tirunelveli. After a brief two-year stint as History professor in the newly-inaugurated Banaras Hindu University (BHU), he was appointed as Principal of Meenakshi College, Chidambaram. From 1929 to 1947, Sastri served the University of Madras as a Professor in Ancient Indian History and archaeology.

Through the span of these two decades, Sastri’s scholarship fetched him worldly acclaim. He became a veritable colossus in the study of South Indian history, and his reputation only enhanced after his retirement from the University of Delhi. He served as Professor of Indology in the University of Mysore from 1948 to 1956, and in 1953 was also invited to visit Malaya to oversee the development of the Department of Indian studies in the University of Malaya.  In 1959, he was a Visiting Professor in the University of Chicago, USA. Taking note of his prolific contributions towards Indian history writing, Professor Sastri was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 1958.

Sastri wrote as many as 150 research papers and 22 books. He nurtured a deep interest in South Indian political history, and wrote extensively on the cultural ties between South India and South-east nations. In fact, he passed away in 1975 as an Honorary member of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

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