Historic Northern Indian kingdom : Gwalior

Gwalior is a major and the northern-most city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and one of the Counter-magnet cities. Located 319 kilometres south of Delhi, the capital city of India, Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India. The city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic northern Indian kingdoms. From the Kachwaha in 6th century, Tomars in the 13th century, it was passed on to the Mughal Empire, then to the Maratha in 1754, followed by the Scindia in the 18th century. Gwalior Fort Gwalior Fort is a hill fort near Gwalior. The fort has existed at least since the 10th century, and the inscriptions and monuments found within what is now the fort campus indicate that it may have existed as early as the beginning of the 6th century. The fort has been controlled by a number of different rulers in its history. Gujari Mahal The Gujari Mahal Archeological Museum, sometimes called the “Gwalior Fort Museum”, is a state museum in Gwalior, located in the fortress of Gujari Mahal, also orthographed Gujari Mahal. It displays numerous artifacts of the region, including a fragment of the Garuda capital of the Heliodorus pillar…

Top Best Historical Places in India

The roots of Indian history lie in its historic forts, the ancient temples, and the alluring Mughal architecture. Unraveling these marvels will offer you a peek into the rich Indian history. One of the best things about traveling is exploring the history of a given place. Doing so can help us understand how it became what it is today. It can also help us question our own cultures and societies. Time travel to the Past is now reality! Glory to a few places in India where you can witness History unfolding in front of your very eyes. The many temples, forts, palaces and monuments in the country make up the historical places of India. These reflect the splendid heritage and culture of the country. The historical places in India depict the stunning craftsmanship on the stone which can be seen in many temples and forts. India is the birthplace of numerous cultures and religions making it one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Being ruled over various dynasties and kingdoms before being established as a republic in the 20th century, India has more than thousand tourist attractions and several World Heritage Sites. Listed below are some of…

Top 10 Tallest Waterfalls in India
History , Travel and Destinations / April 4, 2018

Waterfalls are commonly formed in the upper course of the river. At these times the channel is often narrow and deep. When the river courses over resistant bedrock, erosion happens slowly, while the erosion occurs more rapidly the watercourse increases its velocity at the edge of the waterfall. The List of tallest Waterfalls in India – There are some amazing waterfalls which are in full swing during the monsoon season. There are falls in India which can give Niagara Falls a run for their money. Here is a list of top biggest waterfalls in India, and keep in mind, these are not the highest or the most voluminous, but they are definitely some of the most beautiful. Monsoon in India really gives one of the best natural scenery, rivers are on full swing, mountains are awake after a long sleep and monsoon decorated the whole valleys with sparking waterfalls, magnificent lakes, lush green trees and beautiful flowers. Most of the highest waterfalls are found in the mountains area of North East India. 1. Kunchikal Falls Height: 1493 ft Location: Shimoga district, Karnataka The Kunchikal falls is the highest waterfalls in India and second highest in Asia. The tallest waterfall of…

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: The Leader of Indian Crafts
History / April 3, 2018

Writer. Social reformer. Freedom fighter. Feminist. Actor. Politician. Proponent of handicrafts. Promoter of performance art. So many powerful roles would seldom be used to talk about one single person. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay (1903-1988) was a remarkable woman of many passions and gifts. She played an important role in the struggle for Indian independence and was similarly a key figure in the international socialist feminist movement. She was India’s ambassador to Asia and Africa, an articulate and unflinching exponent of the idea of decolonization, and one of the earliest advocates of the idea of the global South. A staunch champion of women’s rights, she held views on women’s equality that continue to resonate in our times. She was India’s ambassador to Asia and Africa, an articulate and unflinching exponent of the idea of decolonization, and one of the earliest advocates of the idea of the global South. A staunch champion of women’s rights, she held views on women’s equality that continue to resonate in our times. Recognized as the leader of Indian arts and crafts Kamaladevi was the driving force behind several initiatives such as the Crafts Council of India and the Central Cottage Industries Emporium. Born in 1903, Kamaladevi was married off…

Ram Navmi: The Holy Festival of Hinduism
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 25, 2018

In incarnation of God, an ideal man, dutiful son and just king: these are just a few ways to describe Lord Rama, an exemplar of honor, reverence, self-control and duty. He fought battles, became king, married a Goddess, traveled far and befriended exotic beings who were steadfast in their loyalty and courage. Rama Navami is the celebration of His birthday, when Hindus honor and remember Him with devotional singing, dramatic performance and non-stop recitation of His remarkable life story, the Ramayana. Rama Navami is the day on which Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya. He is the ardha ansh of Vishnu or has half the divinitive qualities of Lord Vishnu. The word “Rama” literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to others, and one in whom the sages rejoice. Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (April/May) (8 days after Yugādi) and coincides with Vasant Navratri or Chait Durga Puja. Therefore in some regions, the festival is spread over nine days. This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also observed as the marriage day…

25 March : Hindi Acting Contributor Farooque Shaikh
History , Travel and Destinations / March 25, 2018

Farooque Shaikh was born in 25 March 1948 at Amroli near Surat in Gujarat. His father name is Mustafa Shaikh and Mother Farida. His father Mustafa Shaikh was a lawyer settled in Mumbai, whose family hailed from Hansot village (Bharuch district, Gujarat). Shaikh’s family were Zamindars (landowners), and he grew up in luxurious surroundings. Shaikh attended St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and then graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He then studied law at Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai. Shaikh came to acting after failing to relate to his profession in law. At St. Xavier’s College that Shaikh met with Roopa, his future wife. Both of them were active in theatre while at college and later they got married. They have two daughters, Shaaista and Sanaa. His younger daughter Sanaa works with the NGO United Way Mumbai. Career and Professional Life He was active in theatre, doing plays with IPTA and with well-known directors like Sagar Sarhadi. His first major film role was in the 1973 film Garam Hawa, where Farooque had a supporting role and the leading man was Balraj Sahni. He first gained popular recognition as a quiz master on radio, but it was his participation as an anchor…

23 march : Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh
History , Travel and Destinations / March 23, 2018

Today is 23 march and it is also known as saheed divash of the Bhagat Singh, RajGuru and sukhdev. India will never forget their sacrifice. By this article we Remembering Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev on the day of their martyrdom. India will never forget their courage & sacrifice. On 17th March, a telegram was sent to Home Dept preponing the execution date to 23rd March, and was hanged to death at 7.30pm on 23rd March 1931. The execution was a great blow to the sentiments of Indians who in turn were deeply moved and held demonstrations all over the country. There were many who blamed Mahatma Gandhi for not saving Bhagat Singh and held hartals in protest against the Mahatma. Every year, 23rd March is observed as Martyrs’ Day in honor of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev. A salute to our martyrs for giving up their lives during freedom struggle so that subsequent generations could live in peace & prosperity. Background British Govt implemented an act to suppress freedom struggle, it gave the British Police a freedom to arrests anyone without any permissions. In this context Bhagat Singh and his friends carried out a plan to use low intensity…

22 March : Katsuko Saruhashi (1920)
History / March 21, 2018

Saruhashi Katsuko is born Mar 22, 1920, in Tokyo, Japan. She is the first female who earned doctorate in chemistry from University of Tokyo. She was a geochemist who made first measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in seawater and subsequently showed the evidence in seawater and the atmosphere of the dangers of radioactive fallout. Personality When Saruhashi Katsuko was a young child, people would mock her about the ironic contrast between the name given to her and her personality. Her given name, Katsuko, literally translates as strong-minded or victorious. However, she was quite the opposite. Born in Tokyo in 1920, she was the long awaited baby girl of Saruhashi Kuniharu and Saruhashi Kuno. Spoiled by her parents and older brother Eiichi, Saruhashi was a shy, weeping, introverted little girl. She was a successful geochemist, who worked at the Japanese Transport Ministry’s Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) for 35 years. She was the first woman to be elected as the member of the Science Council of Japan, the country’s “parliament of science” (1981-1985). She was the first woman to receive the Miyake Prize for geochemistry in 1985. She established the Society of Japanese Women Scientists, but not just as a “system…

What Is Lingayatism : Religious Identity
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 20, 2018

The terms Lingayatism and Veerashaivism have been used synonymously, but Veerashaivism may refer to the broader Veerashaiva viewpoint, to the historical community now called Lingayats, and to a distinct contemporary Saiva subtradition with Vedic influences. Lingayatism was founded, or revived, by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava and spread by his followers among the Sharanas. Lingayatism is often considered a Hindu sect, sharing beliefs with Indian religions, but it rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system, and Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma. Worship is centered on Shiva as the universal god in the iconographic form of Ishtalinga. What are the cultural differences between Lingayats and Brahmins Here are some differences We don’t need to go to Temple to worship, God is within you, in the form of ista linga and consider God is with you always and behave yourself in talking to others where God feel good about your talking. There is no hell or heaven, if you follow lingayath practices (good behavior) then you are a lingayath so, you will meet the god (Eshwara) directly. There is no concept of hell or cycle of birth or death. No need to see horoscope and other things…

Best Places to Visit in India in summer Season
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 17, 2018

Summer is upon us. We can feel the heat slowly creeping into the cold breeze that kept us happy and cozy over the past couple of months. It is now time to brace ourselves for the scorching summer season when throats dry faster and our bodies tire quicker. Mercifully, there are a number of places in India where you can escape the crazy summer heat and have an excellent vacation in a calm and soothing setting. When the hot summers take control of the Northern Plains and Central India, the heat-oppressed souls are provoked to escape in search of respite. Thankfully, a number of summer holiday destinations in India extend pleasant asylums against the rising mercury. No wonder that these wonderful havens summon tourists from every corner of the world. Lazy summer afternoons, temperatures lingering with ice-teas and lemon sodas and idle holidays almost asking you to step out into a vacation. List of Places to Visit 1. Shimla The Queen of Hills continues to enjoy its position among top India summer travel destinations in 2018 as well. The British-invented summer retreat with breathtaking mountain views, captivating pine landscapes and cool surroundings never fails to embrace the visitors. Colonial heritage, an array of temples and the…

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