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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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Administration Mauryan Empire

MAURYAN ADMINISTRATION The Mauryan empire was the largest state in the whole of the ancient world, and they form a new government i.e., centralized government THE KINGS: • Kings were described as Devanampriya, beloved of the god. The king was the source and centre of all authority. • The king led a strenuous life and […]

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The Vedic literature

Vedic culture – Culture represented in vedas. The word vedas is derived from ‘vidi’ which means to know. Vedas are transferred from one generation to other verbally, and therefore it is also called as shruti or Revelation. The vedic literature is divided into 4 Vedas Brahmanas Aranyakas Upanishads The vedas: : They are divided into […]

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DECLINE OF THE MAURYAN EMPIRE

DECLINE OF THE MAURYAN  EMPIRE The reason for the decline of the Mauryan Empire are as follows Partition of Mauryan Empire It is the immediate cause for the decline of the Mauryan dynasty After the death of Asoka Mauryan Empire was divided into two halves.It made the dynasty weak Had the partition not taken place […]

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Ancient India

  What is mean by inscriptions? Inscriptions are virtually permanent records, some of which carry dates. Others are dated on the basis of Palaeography or styles of writing, with a fair amount of precision. What is mean by janapadas? Janapada means the land where a jana (a people, clan or tribe) sets its foot or […]

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