Category Archives: Ancient Hindus

An Asian Machu Picchu?

Its existence had been inferred for long, but now archaeologists using airborne laser technology have confirmed the discovery of a lost city on the slopes of a mountain in Cambodia, a Machu Picchu of sorts, that could have an even greater impact on the Southeast Asian nation's already booming tourist industry. A team of French and Australian archaeologists peeled away layers of jungle foliage to trace the contours of the ancient temple city of Mahendraparvat that existed some 1,200 years ago, Read more [...]

Ashoka, the great British discovery

Charles Allen's aim in writing a biography of Ashoka is laudable. However, although we know Ashoka as the benevolent, paternalistic Emperor who respected all religions while promoting Buddhism, we still don't know enough about his life to fill 400 pages. So instead of being a biography of Ashoka, Allen's latest book is mainly about the British men-and they are all men-who rediscovered his existence. In fact, Ashoka is a companion volume to two of Allen's earlier works on the history of archaeology Read more [...]

Hindus have rejected “end of the world”

Hindus have rejected “end of the world” proclamations saying that time is considered cyclical in Hinduism and not linear. One of such declaration said that “God will destroy the world” on May 21, 2011. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that ancient Hindu scriptures Upanishads pointed to cyclical/non-ending nature of time through the principle of rebirth and karma. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that world travels through Read more [...]

The Ancient World | India

Buddhist worshiper at a reclining Buddha statue in the Chaitya hall, or prayer hall, in Cave 26 at the Ajanta Caves in India Photograph: © Richard T. Nowitz/Corbis More than four millennia have passed since the many artefacts of the ancient Indus civilisation were fashioned. Yet one tiny sculpture, made by an unknown artist, still seems strikingly relevant to us today. The seal shows a seated figure on a low platform in a pose that is familiar to modern practitioners of yoga and meditation: the Read more [...]

Havelis are the ornaments of world’s architecture

Prior to the fourth century BC, most of the construction activities in India were done using wood. There are no surviving proofs of these wooden structures but the Rig-Veda has many names for such a house in its text.The Rig-Veda defines a house as "a place where men and animals live." According to another text,the Atharvaveda, most of the houses were made from wood. This text compares an ornamented wooden house with an ornamented female elephant. The palace of the great Mauryan emperor, Asoka, Read more [...]

New Animated DVD Course Disseminates Vedic Math Shortcuts Which Hold Promise …

Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 11, 2011 Today's young generation especially might be termed "A / V learners," having grown up in a multimedia culture of video games, DVDs, and smartphones. A new program presents Vedic shortcut math principles in a 2 1/2 hour animated movie (with supporting exercise materials and flashcards) which was just released in December by Their mission is "to spread the word about Vedic Mathematics and other alternative math and memory shortcuts in a way Read more [...]

Rig-Veda inspired art show runaway hit in Berlin

  Titled "Soma" after the Soma (ambrosial drink of the gods) of ancient Hindu scripture Rig-Veda, Carsten Holler's art exhibition in Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin (Germany), which ended on February six, was a grand success, reportedly attracting about 100,000 visitors.he artist was said to be inspired by a verse from Rig-Veda, which reads: "We have drunk of the soma; we have become immortal, we have seen the light; we have found the Gods." This complex and elaborate installation, Read more [...]

Hindus want recognition of yoga’s religious roots – Press

For many of the nearly 16 million Americans who practice yoga, the ancient discipline is about shedding pounds, increasing stamina, reducing stress, finding inner peace or some combination of benefits. For Hindus, it is an integral part of their religion, a path toward mastery over the mind and body and bringing them closer to the divine. Some leading American Hindus don't mind the profusion of yoga classes in strip malls and on fitness-club mats in the Inland area Read more [...]

Hindustani music is our music

It is virtually impossible to accurately trace the genealogy of what is today commonly known as Indian classical music – a hybrid entity that it is neither monolithic nor coherent. There is no written history to go by, only sculpture, paintings, crumbling manuscripts and a host of anecdotal references that are coloured by different biases and personal histories. Even the stories surrounding gharanas (schools of music) and ragas have an element of fantasy surrounding them, whether it is the legendary Read more [...]

Pile of Bricks in Bojonegoro Presumed to be Ancient Hindu Temple

TEMPO Interactive, Bojonegoro:A pile of old red bricks discovered in the tourist destination of Kayangan Api of Sendangharjo Village in Ngasem Sub-districts of Bojonegoro, East Java, is presumed to be the ruins of a temple from the Majapahit era, around the 1400-1500. The archaeological team from the University of Indonesia, which spent six days excavating the site, said that they recognized the temples characteristics from its structure and surrounding area. Archeologist Ali Akbar is Read more [...]