Archive for October, 2013

ORANS OF RAJASTHAN

100 kms beyond Alwar in Rajasthan in the Oran, or sacred grove, of Jugrawar Roondh, covering an area of 165 hectares and dedicated to Mehendipur Balaji (In North India, Balaji may refer to God in general or Hanuman in particular. Occasionally, it even refers to Shiva). In arid Rajasthan, where summer temperatures regularly go up to 50C, Orans provi

MAMANDUR – A PALLAVA HERITAGE

Mamandur, situated on the Kanchipuram-Vandavasi (Wandiwash) road, and about 15 km from Kanchipuram, is the location of a natural cave housing a Tamil Brahmi inscription. Brahmi is the earliest Indian alphabetical script with regional variations, one of which is Tamil Brahmi. Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions are dated between 300 BCE and 300 CE.

It has been suggeste