December 2018

Kunigal Sri Rama Sastri[i] had once embarked on a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III had made all the necessary arrangements for the same. A team of chefs and servants, a palanquin and strongmen to carry it—this entire family accompanied him. Additionally, he had also issued hukumnamas [Royal Order] to the relevant administrative authorities of the places where Sri Sastri would camp for the night en route regarding the...
Upon listening to the story of Sāvitrī, Yudhiṣṭhira experienced a great deal of relief; he did not allow any more worries to plague his heart, and after spending some more time in the Kāmyaka forest he returned to the Dvaita forest along with everyone, where he established residence once again. It was there that their twelve-year forest exile came to an end. During their stint in the Dvaita forest this time, the Pāṇḍavas fell into grave danger...
ಅರಣ್ಯಕಾಂಡದ ಉಪಮಾಪ್ರಪಂಚ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ವಿಸ್ತಾರವಾದುದು. ವಿಶೇಷತಃ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯ ಹೇಮಂತವರ್ಣನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪಮೆಯ ವಿಶ್ವರೂಪವನ್ನು ಕಾಣಬಹುದು. ಸೂರ್ಯನು ದಕ್ಷಿಣದಿಕ್ಕಿಗೆ ತಿರುಗಿದ ಕಾರಣ ಉತ್ತರದಿಕ್ಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಂತಿ ಕುಂದಿ ಅದು ತಿಲಕವಿಲ್ಲದ ಹೆಣ್ಣಿನಂತೆ ಹತಪ್ರಭೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ಆದಿಕವಿಗಳ ಮಾತು ಅಡಕವಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದೆ:  ವಿಹೀನತಿಲಕೇವ ಸ್ತ್ರೀ ನೋತ್ತರಾ ದಿಕ್ಪ್ರಕಾಶತೇ | (೩.೧೬.೮) ಚಳಿಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಮದ ಆವರಣದೊಳಗೆ ಹುದುಗಿದ ವಿಧುಮಂಡಲವು ಕುರುಡುಗನ್ನಡಿಯಂತೆ ಮಂಕಾಗಿದೆಯೆಂದೂ ಚಂದ್ರನ ಕಾಂತಿಯೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಸೂರ್ಯನಿಗೇ ಸೇರಿಹೋಗಿದೆಯೆಂದೂ ವರ್ಣಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ...
Preparations for the Upanayana[1] A śālā (canopy, pavilion) was built under which the saṃskāra would be conducted.[2] On the eve of the upanayana, Purāṇic performances took place. Gaṇeśa was invoked and the various goddesses Śrī, Lakṣmī, Dhṛtī, Medhā, Puṣṭi, Śraddhā, and Sarasvatī were worshipped.[3] Often this is accompanied by the recitation of the udaka-śānti mantras. In some provinces, there is a custom of smearing the vaṭu with a yellow...
PadmaSubrahmanyam
Books written and institutions established by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam for the promotion of Art and National Integration Padma Surbahmanyam derived her artistic and scholarly inspiration, amongst other works from Deivattin Kural, an encyclopedic work on Indian culture written by the Paramācārya of Kanchi. She has written several books in English and Tamil that focus on Indian aesthetics, artistic and cultural unity of the nation. ‘Bharatakkalai...
Hemachandra Vikramaditya: The Emperor Deprived of Fame In the history of India, there have been a few decisive wars. The Battles of Panipat also form a part of that. If the results of the three Battles of Panipat had changed even slightly, the future of India would have been completely different. One of the great heroes who fell in one of these Panipat wars is Hemachandra or Hemu. Hemachandra was responsible for bringing back the grandeur of...
Diwan Gundopanth Road[i] in Bangalore lies to the north of City Market when we traverse from Arcot Srinivasacharlu Road towards Doddapet. The word “Diwan” has been in vogue in the Kannada language for a really long period. I’m unware of the root language from which this was borrowed into Kannada. The word is prevalent even in Marathi and Hindi. Its usage is in the following sense: “The chief of any office or organization,” or “head of office.”...