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  Political processes and the idea of kingship have always been central to the understanding of the culture and history of ancient and early medieval India and vice versa. Prof. Hermann Kulke has contributed significantly to this field of study through his work on the processual model of…
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Swathi Gopalakrishnan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sun Temple in the form of a grand celestial chariot is an architectural and sculptural marvel. Did you know that the spokes of the famous wheels on which the chariot is mounted are believed to have served as sundials? (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)   Few temples…
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मुश्ताक खान
  यह आलेख कोंडागांव के हरिहर वैष्णव एवं खेम वैष्णव से हुई चर्चा पर आधारित है   बस्तर की धार्मिक-सामाजिक मान्यताएं एवं रीति-रिवाज आदिवासी तथा गैर आदिवासी विश्वासों का एक जटिल मिश्रित रूप हैं। संभवतः यही कारण है कि यहाँ की अधिकांश प्रथाएं समुदायगत न होकर क्षेत्रीय स्वरुप रखती हैं। अधिसंख्य देवी-देवता…
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Raja Alam
Tusu, a harvest festival, is one of the three major festivals of the Kurmi community in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. The other two festivals are Karam and Bandna. These are all annual festivals and come one after another. From the middle of November to the middle of December (according to the…
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Tanuja Sethi
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Pankaja Sethi
Kerang takes us to that period when human beings had a close relationship with nature, as bark is one of the earliest known examples of handmade cloth to cover the human body. Kerang is woven by Gadaba women on a back-strap loom to cover the body along with heavy jewellery around the neck and arms…
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  Monalisa Behera: How does one introduce a lay man to the concept of yogini? What is a yogini?   Nilima Chitgopekar: The term Yogini has got a huge semantic dimension because it is used in various ways. A yogini, it could be a goddess, it could be a human being, it could be somebody who is adept…
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Aparna Nambiar
  In-depth analysis of the Cosmography of the Chausathi Yogini temple, Hirapur   There are 11 extant Chausath Yogini temples found across India out of which two are in Odisha, five in Madhya Pradesh, three in Uttar Pradesh and one in Tamil Nadu.  The most prominent ones are Hirapur, Ranipur Jharial…
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Kanak Rajadhyaksha
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Kanak Rajadhyaksha
The Dongariya Kondhs live in the Niyamgiri Hills in the Rayagada and Kalahandi districts in Odisha. This module introduces their tradition of embroidery on kapdagondas (shawls) and explores the artisans' perceptions of embroidery as work. 
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