GS-I: Indian Culture & Heritage

Indian Culture Will Cover The Salient Aspects Of Art Forms, Literature And Architecture From Ancient To Modern Times

Kashmir Shaivism: Salient Features and Contribution

June 6, 2017

In this article we are discussing various features of Kashmir Shaivism along with its various concepts, schools and contributions/ contributors focussing on Paper-1 of Mains. Shaivism is one of the main traditions of Hinduism that reveres Lord Shiva as ultimate and supreme reality, omniscient, omnipresent and unbound and regarded...


National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap

May 7, 2017

India’s cultural heritage is a collection of many ancient as well as modern cultures & traditions. To preserve & promote this diverse heritage, Ministry of Culture has decided to create a consolidated database of our cultural assets and resources under its National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap. This...


Vijayanagara Empire

December 26, 2016

Vijayanagara Empire or Karnata Empire or Kingdom of Bisnegar was established in 1336 by Harihara-I and his brother Bukka Raya I of Sangama Dynasty. Its ruins are located in current day Hampi in Karnataka. Four dynasties – Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva and Aravidu – ruled Vijayanagar from A.D. 1336 to 1672.  It reached its climax...


Kohinoor Diamond: History, Government Stand & UNESCO’s convention

September 1, 2016

In April 2016, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur on hearing a PIL filed by Delhi-based NGO All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front sought the government’s stand on the retrieval of the 105-carat Kohinoor diamond from Britain. Ministry of Culture has stated...


Search of Saraswati River

May 6, 2016

Haryana government renamed the Mustafabad tehsil in Yamunanagar district as ‘Saraswati Nagar’. The renaming was done to mark the discovery of the mythical river Saraswati and its importance in the Hindu mythology. According to officials, there exists an old dried up riverbed of Saraswati in the area. Basis for...


Basmati Rice : GI Tag Row

April 11, 2016

Basmati rice is long grain aromatic rice grown for many centuries especially at the Himalayan foothills of the Indian subcontinent. It is also called as “scented pearl” and “queen of all rice”. It is characterized with extra long slender grains, which elongate to twice its original size upon cooking...


Contribution of Kashmir into Indian Art and Culture

March 1, 2016

Kashmir’s geographical location partly explains is cultural history. Its relative isolation, might explain the originality of Kashmiri thought. Apart from Abhinavagupta’s works, the following works are also the remarkable contributions made by the people of Kashmir to the Indian culture. Charaka is well known as the “father of medicine”....


Abhinavagupta: Works and Contribution to Indian Art & Culture

March 1, 2016

Abhinavagupta was a Kashmiri Saiva philosopher, who lived in 1000 AD, exactly a millennium ago. He was one of the world’s greatest philosophers and literary critics, and a mystic and aesthetician par excellence. His contribution to Indian philosophy, literature, drama and performing art is immense. He is to South...


Jallikattu versus Animal Cruelty

February 16, 2016

The history of Jallikattu, which was called as Yeru Thazhuvuthal, dates back 1500 years. It is played during the Pongal festival. During the event coins are tied to the bull’s horns. Those who untie the bundle of coins are awarded. The event is considered as matter of pride to...


Channapatna Toys and Handicrafts

January 17, 2016

Channapatna is a rural area in the outskirts of Bangalore, known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka and famous for handmade lacquer wooden toys. Traditionally ivory-wood is used in making these crafts. Slowly artisans started using the other woods such as teak, pine, rubber, and cedar. For colouring purpose,...