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Pending dues: visitor centres at Ajanta, Ellora shut

Pending dues: visitor centres at Ajanta, Ellora shut Syllabus subtopic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Prelims and Mains focus: About Ajanta and Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites;  ecological and other threats faced by our historical monuments News: Two tourist visitor centres set up at Ajanta and Ellora caves by the Maharashtra government with funding from the Japanese International Coop

VISHWA SHANTI STUPA

 Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World peace pagoda) Constructed atop the Ratnagiri Hill, it is the world’s highest peace pagoda. Conceptualised by renowned Buddhist monk Nipponzan Myohoji and built by Japanese monk Fujii Guruji. Built completely with marble, the stupa comprises four golden statues of Lord Buddha with each representing his life periods of birth, enlightenment, preaching and death. There are 7 Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupas in India,&n

Earliest Sanskrit inscription in South India found in A.P.

The earliest Sanskrit inscription in South India was found in A.P Syllabus subtopic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Prelims and Mains focus: on the recent discovery by ASI and its significance; about Saptamatrikas; the need for conservation of our culture and heritage News: In a significant find, the Epigraphy Branch of the Archaeological Survey of India has discovered the earliest epigraphic evi

Bojjannakonda: Buddhist Site

Bojjannakonda: Buddhist Site Syllabus subtopic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   Prelims and Mains focus: on the ritual and the Buddhist sites associated; on INTACH and its role in conserving Indian heritage   News: After a sustained campaign, heritage lovers and officials have been successful in almost stopping the stone-pelting ritual at Bojjannakonda, a famous Buddhist site at Sanka

Nagoba jatara

Nagoba jatara Syllabus subtopic: Indian Culture - Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   Prelims and Mains focus: about Nagoba jatara and the rituals associated with it   News: The month-long Nagoba jatara recently concluded in Telangana’s Adilabad district.   Key highlights The Betal puja involved display of martial art, in this case sword wielding, by the Adivasi Raj Gond and Pardhans from the Me

Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana

Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana Syllabus subtopic: Indian Culture - Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its implications; about Harappan sites mentioned   News: The Centre is moving ahead with its plan to develop Rakhigarhi in

Buddha Purnima-All about Buddhism

Buddha Purnima-All about Buddhism Context President’s Greetings on The Eve of Buddha Purnima on May 6th Vesak Day Vesak Day, spelt “Wesak Day” until the 1970s, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and attainment of nirvana of Siddharta Gautama Shakyamuni (Sakyamuni) Buddha.The day falls on the full moon of the fourth lunar month. It falls on 7th May,2020. About Buddhism The religion is based upon the teachings, life experiences of its founder Siddhartha Ga

Kodumanal

Kodumanal Kodumanal reveals a megalithic belief in the afterlife The Kodumanal excavation of 10 pots and bowls, instead of the usual three or four pots, placed outside three-chambered burial cists and inside the cairn circle, threw light on burial rituals and the concept of an afterlife in megalithic culture. A team from the State Department of Archaeology, Chennai, led by J. Ranjith, Archaeology Officer and Project Director for the Kodumanal excavation, has identified 250 cairn c

Megaliths

Megaliths While “megalith” is often used to describe a single piece of stone, it also can be used to denote one or more rocks hewn in definite shapes for special purposes. It has been used to describe structures built by people from many parts of the world living in many different periods. Types of Megalith structures Menhir: Menhir is the name used in Western Europe for a single upright stone erected in prehistoric times; sometimes called a “stan

Skeletal remains of a child found in Tamil Nadu’s Keeladi

Skeletal remains of a child found in Tamil Nadu’s Keeladi The skeletal remains of a child were excavated from Konthagai village, part of the sixth phase of ongoing excavations in the ancient site of Keeladi here on Friday. The skeleton was found buried between two terracotta urns that were also found on the same day. It was 75 cm in height and was found 0.5 m below surface level. Excavations are currently taking place at Keeladi, Konthagai, Manalur and Agaram villages in the 

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