Archive for 2014

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 gener

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In an unpublished gold coin of Huviska (140 CE), son of Kanishka the Kushana king, there is a goat-faced deity (plate 1), facing forward, with a halo behind his head.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. 

EDAKKAL CAVES

G. Balaji

The Western Ghats are a mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is a place where biological diversity is still under preservation.  A total of thirty nine properties including national

THE SACRED GROVE OF PAAVUPATTU

 Nanditha Krishna  &  Sharon St Joan

Five miles south of the city of Tiruvannamalai, southwest of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, is the Sacred Grove of Paavupattu.  An oasis of peace and beautiful trees, it was the first of 52 sacred groves restored by CPREEC (C.P.R. Environmental Ed

THE SACRED GROVE OF KILI-AAL-AMMAN

M. Amirthalingam

At Periyakumatti village in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu, there is a small grove about 2.5 acres in size, dedicated to the goddess Kili-aal-amman, on the state high way between Cuddalore and Chidambaram. The main deity is sheltered within a temple of brick and mortar. A perennial pond is situated in the foreco

KILAKARAI-THE OLDEST MOSQUE IN INDIA

Dr.Nanditha Krishna

Kilakarai (the shore down under) is a remote and lazy little town in Ramanathapuram district, not far from the district headquarters of the same name. It was once a flourishing sea port and a gateway to South India for Arab traders in search of the famed pearls of Madurai and corals of the Gulf Mannar. They trad

BENAGUDI SHOLA

M. Amirthalingam

In the year 1995, when I started surveying the sacred groves of the various districts of Tamil Nadu including the Nilgiris, I came across a magnificent shola in the village of Benagudi which is situated about halfway between Kotagiri and Coonoor. My curiosity was aroused and I determ

TRADITIONAL AGRAHĀRAM HOUSES OF KANCHIPURAM

J. Sumathi

Ancient and medieval society in Tamil nadu was dominated by the Brahmin community who were leaders in terms of learning and social standing. The traditional architectural styles of their houses were shaped by parameters such as climate, occupation and the prevailing socio-economic and soci