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Wonhyo

Wonhyo (617-686 CE) was one of the most important Buddhist philosophers of his time and a highly influencial scholar whose works impacted a wide …

Religion

Tanjavur

Tanjavur (Tanjore) is a temple site in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. Tanjavur was the capital of the great Chola (Cola) king Rajaraja I, …

India

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a barrier fortification in northern China running west-to-east 13,171 miles (21,196 km) from the Jiayuguan Pass (in the …

Asia

Chidambaram

Chidambaram (Cidambaram) is an important Chola temple site in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Most of the temples at Chidambaram were built in the 12th …

India

Lakshmi

Lakshmi (or Laksmi) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, good fortune, youth, and beauty. She is the wife of the great god Vishnu and the pair is often …

Hinduism

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram (sometimes simply called Kanchi or Kanci) is an ancient city in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India. Once a capital of the Pallava …

Hinduism

Khajuraho

Khajuraho was an ancient city in the Madhya Pradesh region of northern India. From the 10th to 12th century CE it was the capital of the Chandella …

Architecture

Yama

Yama is the Hindu god of death, king of ancestors, and final judge on the destination of souls. He is also known as the ‘Restrainer’, Pretaraja or …

Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar (also spelt Bhubanesvar and Bhuvaneshvar) is a city located in the Orissa district of north-eastern India and flourished as a centre of …

Architecture

Gandhara Civilization

Gandhara was the name given to the land and its associated civilization that existed in what is now northern Pakistan and Afghanistan from the mid …

Buddhism

Aihole

Aiholi (Ayyavole) was an ancient walled city in Karnataka, central India. Aiholi was the first regional capital of the Karnakata region under the …

India

Garuda

Garuda is a bird creature from Hindu mythology that has a mix of eagle and human features. He is the vehicle (vahana) of Vishnu and appears on the …

India

White Huns (Hephthalites)

The White Huns were a race of largely nomadic peoples who were a part of the Hunnic tribes of Central Asia. They ruled over an expansive area …

India

Katas Raj

The Katas Raj Temples near Chakwal in Punjab province of Pakistan are attributed to the eras of the Hindu Shahis (Kings) dating from about 615-950 CE …

Ganges

The River Ganges, also known as the Ganga, flows 2,700 km from the Himalaya mountains to the Bay of Bengal in northern India and Bangladesh. Regarded …

Religion

Gupta Architecture

The Gupta Dynasty, founded by Chandragupta I (accession c. 320 CE), ruled in North Central India between the 4th and 6th centuries CE and the period …

Architecture

Agni

Agni is the Hindu god of fire. He is regarded as the friend and protector of humanity, in particular, he safeguards the home. Various forms of fire …

Religion

Brahma

Brahma is the Hindu Creator god. He is also known as the Grandfather and as a later equivalent of Prajapati, the primeval first god. In early Hindu …

Religion

Taxila

When it comes to ancient history, Pakistan contains its fair share of treasures, one of the prominent of these being the ancient metropolis of …

Archaeology

Armenia’s Conversion to Christianity

In 301 CE, the ruling circles of the Kingdom of Great Armenia decided to convert their entire nation to Christianity. This revolutionary break with …

Christianity

Sauska

Sauska (also known as Shaushka, Sausga, and Anzili) was the Hurrian-Hittite goddess of fertility, war, and healing. She was worshipped throughout the …

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Ancient History

Harappa: An Overview of Harappan Architecture and Town Planning

Introduction Harappa is a large village presently in the province of Punjab in Pakistan. The modern town is a part of, and lies next to, the ancient …

Architecture

Desert Kites

Desert kites are constructions that consist of two long walls converging upon an enclosed space that has on its periphery small stone constructions …

Prehistory

Stupa

The stupa, an architectural structure usually housing the cremated remains or possessions of important saintly figures, is considered to be the …

Religion

Indus Script

The Indus Script is the writing system developed by the Indus Valley Civilization and it is the earliest form of writing known in the Indian …

A Short History of the Buddhist Schools

Introduction

Like any other religious tradition, Buddhism has undergone a number of different transformations that have led to the emergence of many …

Buddhism

The dates of the Buddha

Buddhism is one of the most influential traditions of the Eastern world, with about two and a half thousand years of development. It has touched and …

Religion

Cultural links between India and the Greco-Roman world

Cyrus the Great (558-530 BC) built the first universal empire, stretching from Greece to the Indus River. This was the famous Achaemenid Dynasty of …