NATURAL HERITAGE


Pichavaram, The Mangrove Forest

Sharon St Joan The water is not deep at Pichavaram, maybe two or three feet. It is dark green. Waterways run between the islands of mangrove trees. Pichavaram lies along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, in south India. In February, 2015, our rowboat sailed quietly along the waterways which came together, parted, divided again. The water rippled peacefully. Beautiful great egrets landed on the ....

CULTURAL HERITAGE


BIG PICTURE – TUMBLEDOWN HERO STONES TELL A SORRY TALE

by Rohith BR,   Circa 750: Long before Bengaluru was born, KR Puram was surrounded by several other villages. And they faced threats from dacoits who would target their cattle. During one such attack, a villager named Mareya put up a strong fight against the dacoits and saved the cattle of his village. As he lost his life in the battle, the villagers erected a Veeragallu (hero stone)....

TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

B. Tirumala As defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity, Article 8 (j): Traditional knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities around the world. Developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment, traditional knowledge is transmitted orally from generation to generation. It tends ....

SOME RARE DEPICTIONS OF NAIGAMESHA

V. Sandhiyalakshmi In an unpublished gold coin of Huviska (140 CE), son of Kanishka the Kushana king, there is a goat-faced deity (plate 1), facing forward, with a halo behind his head. He holds a standard surmounted by a rooster and fillet in his right hand, the left resting on the hilt of a sword tied to his waist- girdle.  He is clad in a long-flowing dhoti and boots, a combination of the Ind....