History & Culture

Thekkae kottaram, a traditional south Kerala homestead

1 year ago Sharat Sunder Rajeev 0
Thekkae kottaram, the ‘Southern Palace’ in the Padmanabhapuram palace complex in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, is a fine specimen of a traditional homestead unique to the southern part of Kerala. The palace is a typical residential complex, which comprises three separate buildings and a neerazhi (pond) contained in a walled enclosure, located on the southern side of Read More

Home to a shared heritage

1 year ago Lakshmi Venkatraman 0
For a small town with a population of 23,191, Tharangambadi or Tranquebar as it was known during the colonial days has four museums, of which the Ziegenbalg House was restored to its original glory in 2017 and the Museum on Intercultural Dialogue was inaugurated on July 15. On International Museum Day, observed by Dakshinachitra, Jasmin Read More

Tharangambadi’s tug-of-war with time

1 year ago K. Sahasranaman 0
The gateway that leads to the former Danish enclave of Tharangambadi (earlier Tranquebar), 285 km south of Chennai, is diminutive and not half as imposing as the myriad archways that dot the highways of rural India. Painted in dazzling white, it offers no visual relief either. The Danish royal seal and coat of arms on Read More

Buddha’s teachings shine in golden manuscript

1 year ago Shiv Sahay Singh | The Hindu 0
The Buddha said his teachings should be evaluated as rigorously as people would gold. Now, they can be read in gold. A trove of more than 600 pages of rare Tibetan manuscripts with his teachings written in gold letters has been restored at a 100-year-old monastery in Alubari in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district. Restoration of Read More

Intriguing Gold Coin and Other Treasures Uncovered in Egypt

1 year ago Laura Geggel | Live Science 0
Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the remains of a huge, red, brick building — likely the remnants of a Roman bath — as well as a mountain of treasures, including a statue of a ram and a gold coin featuring King Ptolemy III, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The building itself is huge Read More

World War I Unleashed Chemical Weapons and Changed Modern Warfare

1 year ago Mindy Weisberger | Live Science 0
One hundred years ago today (April 6), the United States declared war on Germany and entered into World War I (WWI), the global conflict that initiated the first widespread use of chemical weapons in warfare. The scope of WWI’s chemical weaponry was unlike anything seen on the battlefield before. Over the course of the war Read More

Conquests of Akbar

1 year ago Padma Mohan Kumar | Indian Heritage 0
The latter half of the 16th century witnessed the rapid expansion of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar who had succeeded to the throne in 1556. Akbar had established his power over large parts of northern and central India by the time of his regent, Bairam Khan’s death. He now resolved to vanquish the various Read More

Earliest Version of Our Alphabet Possibly Discovered

1 year ago Owen Jarus | Live Science 0
The earliest example of our alphabet — a possible mnemonic phrase that helped someone remember “ABCD” — has been discovered on a 3,400-year-old inscribed piece of limestone from ancient Egypt, a scholar believes. Three of the words start with the ancient equivalent of B, C and D, creating what may be a mnemonic phrase. Thomas Schneider, Read More

Auspicious? Meghan and Harry to Marry on Date of Royal Beheading

1 year ago Stephanie Pappas | Live Science 0
The British monarchy’s come a long way, baby. Tomorrow (May 19), Prince Harry will wed an American divorcée, Meghan Markle, to the well-wishes of his family … on the anniversary of the day that a king of England once had his controversial wife beheaded. May 19 was the execution date of Anne Boleyn, the second Read More