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Vardhana Dynasty

North India after Gupta: North India after Gupta was divided into number of independent states. Some important were Maitrakas of Valabhi, Maukaris of Kannauj, Gurjaras of Rajputana , The Gaudas of Bengal, later Guptas of  Malwa , Magadha and Pushyabhutis of Thaneswar . Vardhana Dynasty: The Pushyabhuti or Vardhana dynasty of Thaneswar played an important […]

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The Pallavas (6th to 9th CE)

Pallava History: Their origin is obscure. They defeated the Kalabras and occupied the country around  Kanchi, while the Pandyas established themselves at Madurai. They became the new forces in the history of Tamil Nadu with the effective disappearance of the Kalabras. Dynasty founded by Vishnugopa who was captured and then liberated by Samudragupta. But the […]

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Indo-Greek contribution to Indian Social and Culture – 2

Art and Architecture 8.         Structural Development: Building activities were started, several layers of constructions were found in excavations. Use of burnt bricks for flooring and roofing was found. Construction of brick walls were also found in the excavations. 9.         Pottery: Characteristic of pottery was red ware both plain and polished. Red pottery tecnic was found […]

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Indo-Greek contribution to Indian Social and Culture – 1

Adopting new culture: Sakas did not have their own culture for themselves, no script, no written language and no organized religion. Adopted the components of Indian Culture and became an integral part of Indian society.  Hence contributed to the Indian society. New Elements in Indian Society: Came as conquerors and completely absorbed in Indian Society […]

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Satavahanas – Administration

Administration. King was the upholder of dharma, as said in Dharmashastras- he was divine origin- and had the qualities of mythical heroes like Rama ,Bhima, Keshava and Arjuna – he was compared to supernatural forces. Satavahanas followed some administrations structure of Ashoka’s time.  The district was called as ahara, as it was known in the […]

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Satavahanas – Social Life

Material Culture, Social Life. Material culture was a mixture of Northern and local elements. Most tools excavated in Satavahana period relate to the megalith materials, like the use of Iron and Agriculture. The socketed hoes, sickles, spades, axes, ploughshare, adzes, razors, arrow heads were all discovered. All these belong to 1,2 and 3 centuries of […]

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Satavahanas – Political History

Political In the northern part the Mauryas were succeeded by Shunkas and Kanvas. In the north Deccan and Central was succeeded by Satavahanas. Satavahanas are considered as Andhras. During the period of Satavahanas the State formation started. Growth Urbanisation also started which were proved by Iron plough share.  Paddy transplantation was initiated during this period […]

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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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