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CENTRAL ASIAN CONTACTS AND THE IMPACT

POLITICAL BACKGROUND The Indo Greek invasion began in about 200 BC. Because India did not a witness a large empire like that of Mauryans. This led to intimate and widespread contacts between central Asia and India. Mauryas were succeeded by several native rulers such as SHUNGAS, the KANVAS, and the SATAVAHANAS In north-western India many […]

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Art and Architecture in India – 5

DECCAN ARCHITECTURE Indo-Islamic architecture flourished in the Provinces or States each according to the influence of the architecture of that particular region, the material available and the aesthetic ideas of the rulers. Some of the important styles evolved are those of Bengal, Gujarat, Malwa and the Deccan. The plan and design of the monuments in […]

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Art and Architecture in India – 4

VIJAYANAGAR ARCHITECTURE The Emperors of Vijayanagar whose empire compromised of almost the whole of peninsular India, were great builders and spent lavishly on works of public utility, i.e. tanks, reservoirs, lakes, palaces and temples. In temple building they continued the traditions and styles of the Chalukyas, Cholas and Pandyas. These temples in Andhra Pradesh and […]

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Art and Architecture in India – 3

CHALUKYA ARCHITECTURE The Chalukyas who ruled over Upper Deccan (7th Century AD.) were greatly interested in temple architecture. Followers of Hinduism, they built a number of rock-cut cave-temples and structural temples of brick dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The important stone temples are the Vishnu temples at Badami and Aihole and the Virupaksha or […]

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Art and Architecture in India – 2

South Indian temple architecture, also called Drāviḍa Style, architecture invariably employed for Hindu temples in modern Tamil Nadu from the 7th to the 18th century, characterized by its pyramidal, or kūṭina-type, tower. Variant forms are found in Karnataka (formerly Mysore) and Andhra Pradesh states. The South Indian temple consists essentially of a square-chambered sanctuary topped by a superstructure, tower, or spire and an attached pillared porch or hall […]

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Art and Architecture in India – 1

ART AND ARCHITECTURE INDIA The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion. Indian architecture progressed with time and assimilated the many influences that came as a result of India‘s global discourse with other regions of the world throughout its millennia-old past. The architectural methods practiced in India are a result of examination and implementation of its established building traditions […]

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Ancient India

Rigveda: It is the oldest religious text in the world. Also called as the first testament of mankind. It was composed during 1700 B. C. It is a collection of hymns by a number of priestly families, recited at the time of sacrificial rites. It contains 1017 hymns and is divided into 10 mandalas. The […]

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Vedic Period polity, social – divisions, and Vedic Gods

TRIBAL POLITY ®Vedic period worked with tribal chief in centre called Rajan due to his successful leadership in war. ®His post has become hereditary. He did not exercise unlimited power. ®He was elected by tribal assembly called Samiti ®Several tribal based assemblies were there who exercised deliberative , military and religious functions. Sabha and samiti […]

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Asoka – Kalinga war- policy of dharma

Asoka The name Asoka means Sorrow free. Period of Asoka brightest the chapter in the history of mankind. His inscription reveals his activities, after serving as Viceroy Asoka success Bindusara to the Mauryans throne.   Name in the Inscriptions The name Asoka is written only once in Maski Edict . The names like Asokaravadhana and […]

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ADVENT OF ARYANS AND THE AGE OF RID VEDA

ADVENT OF ARYANS AND THE AGE OF RID VEDA Original home and identity The Aryans spoke the Indo-European languages, which are current in changed forms all over Europe, Iran and the greater part of the Indian continent. Aryans seems to be lived somewhere in the steppes stretching from southern Russia to Central Asia Certain names […]

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