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The Story of Indian Bronzes

One of the most beautiful figures in Indian sculpture is that of Lord Shiva dancing the Ananda Tandava or dance of joy, one leg raised high, his face very calm, as he destroys all life until new life is born once more. Looking at the divine dancer, we can almost hear the sound of the damru or small drum...

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October 28: Over 1400 years ago, Chinese scholar Hiuan Tsang travelled thousands of miles from his home to reach the city of Nalanda in Bihar. His objective was to study precious Buddhist manuscripts at the University of Nalanda, which was famed in those days for its library of Buddhist manuscripts. In the process, he also recorded his observations of...

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet was born in 1935, soon after the 13th Dalai Lama passed away. He was the fourth son of a poor peasant family in Takster village, Amdo province in eastern Tibet. The line of Dalai Lamas, spiritual and temporal rulers of Tibet since the 13th century, is a succession of incarnations. In...

Ratha Yatra

Excerpts from the book "Festivals of India" Published by National Book Trust, India. Festivals bring large numbers of people together in a spirit of joy or devotion, or both. But there is one festival that combines joy and devotion with physical rigour. This is the Car Festival of Lord Jagannath at Puri, in Orissa, popularly known as the Rath...

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Every festival has its own rituals which provide an insight into the lives and beliefs, customs and culture of the people observing them. One may well ask why is Buddha Purnima observed only by...

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Who’s the Brainiest animal of Them All?

The next time someone calls you an ape or a bird brain, ask her to think again. Brain scans of animals have revealed similar...

Myths & Legends Related to Eclipses

Since time immemorial, eclipses have been interpreted in various ways by different communities all over the world, reflecting many a time the working philosophy...

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?

Among birds, pigeons have a natural and unerring instinct of returning to their nests or homes after long flights. In the early days besides...

Iftar: The Meal that Breaks the Fast at Ramadan

It is the month of Ramadan (Ramzan) in the Islamic calendar and, for those who believe in it, each day of the month follows...

What is Cloning?

Which is the most famous sheep in the world? A sheep called Dolly. But why is Dolly famous? That is because unlike other sheep's, Dolly...