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 9 Aug 2013
A square stamp-seal with rounded edges showing a unicorn standing before a device and above a one-line inscription in six characters.
Made of stone (steatite).
Indus Civilisation

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 8 Aug 2013 Video
100 ft long pre-historic rock paintings at Isco Caves in Jharkhand, 10000 BC
Filmed by Badshah Singh

Cave paintings lie in neglect
The Telegraph - 2008

Isco (Hazaribagh), March 12: Around 46km from here is the village of Barkagaon, where lies the Isco cave known for rock paintings over a... Read More
 8 Aug 2013 New Books
New Book:
The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective
By Gregory L. Possehl
Published by Rowman Altamira - 2002


The Indus Civilization of India and Pakistan was contemporary with, and equally complex as the better-known cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. The dean ... Read More
 8 Aug 2013 Article/Essay
Rakhigarhi likely to be developed into a world heritage site
By Neha Pushkarna | Mail Today | Rakhigarhi, Hisar - March 31, 2013

The road to Rakhigarhi village in Hisar is hardly there. Muddy trails dotted with buffalo dung lead to the mounds inside the village where a well-planned... Read More
 8 Aug 2013 Article/Essay
Is Haryana home to an older Indus Valley culture site?
By Jaideep Sareen

Is a village in Haryana sitting on top of a rare archaeological site that is older and larger than Mohenjo-daro, perhaps the best-known human settlement of the Indus Valley civilization?

Research and findings by a... Read More
 7 Aug 2013 New Books
New Study:
Relation Between Harappan And Brahmi Scripts
By Subhajit Ganguly
Published in February 2013

Around 45 odd signs out of the total number of Harappan signs found make up almost 100 percent of the inscriptions, in some form or other, as said earlier. Out of these 45 signs, around 40 are ... Read More
 7 Aug 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Harappa Town Planning
By Sondekoppa Srikanta Sastri
Published in 1961

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 7 Aug 2013 Article/Essay
Excavations reveal Khirsara a major industrial hub of Harappan era
By T.S.Subramanian
The Hindu - 6 August 2013

January 2, 2011 was a golden day in the second season of excavation at Khirsara village, 85 km from Bhuj town, Gujarat. Nearly 30 trenches had been dug that season, each ... Read More
 6 Aug 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Early History of the Dekkan down to the Mahomedan conquest
By Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar
Printed at The Government Central Press, Bombay - 1895

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A Jain yaksha and yakshi
Made of bron... Read More
 2 Jun 2013 Video
Mahabharata - Myth or Truth? A critical analysis

The Mahabharata (Sanskrit Mahābhārata महाभारत) is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.

Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kauravas and the Pandava prin... Read More
 30 May 2013 New Books
New Book:
Myth of Aryan Invasion in India
By David Frawley

The Aryan invasion theory denies the Indian origin of predominant culture, but gives the credit for Indian culture to invaders from elsewhere. It even teaches that some of the most revered books of hindu scripture are not actually In... Read More
 24 May 2013 New Books
New Book:
Vimana aircraft of ancient India & Atlantis
By David Hatcher Childress
Published by Adventures Unlimited Press, 1991

Did the ancients have the power of flight? A reading of ancient Indian texts, Ramayana and Mahabharata are used to prove that aircraft were in use more than four thousan... Read More
 23 May 2013 Article/Essay
Scientific opinion:
A critical study of the work - VYMANIKA SHASTRA
By H.S.Mukunda, S.M.Deshpande, H.R.Nagendra, A.Prabhu and S.P.Govindaraju
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 1974

A study by aeronautical and mechanical engineering researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore... Read More
 23 May 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Vaimanika Shastra
By Pandit Subbaraya Shastry
Translated by G.R.Josyer
Printed at The Coronation Press, Mysore - 1973

The Vaimānika Shāstra ( वैमानिक शास्त्र, lit. "shastra on the topic of Vimanas"; sometimes also rendered Vimanika, Vymanika) is an early 20th century Sanskrit ... Read More
 23 May 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Yantras or Mechanical Contrivances in Ancient India
By R. Raghavan
Published by Indian Institute of Culture, Bangalore - 1952

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Rama leaves Lanka in the Pushpaka Vimana
Ramayana - Paha... Read More
 11 May 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Ancient Indian Tribes
By Bimla Churn Law
Published by Motilal Banarsidass, Lahore - 1926

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Anathapindika covers Jetavana with coins (Bharhut, Brahmi text: jetavana ananthapindiko deti k... Read More
 3 May 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Education In Ancient India
By A.S.Altekar
Published by Nand Kishor & Brothers, Benares - 1944

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 3 May 2013 Article/Essay

Vikramaśīla University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India, along with Nālandā University during the Pala dynasty. Vikramaśīla was established by King Dharmapala (783 to 820) in response to a supposed decline in the quality of scholarship at Nāla... Read More
 2 May 2013 Article/Essay
TAXILA - the story continues at Dharmrajika Stupa
By S Alamgir

Taxila –the name’s origins

Tashasila as it was called in Sanskrit gives some idea of the meaning of this name. Sila in Sanskrit means rock or stone . The legend says that the Buddha gave his he... Read More
 2 May 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
A Guide to Taxila
By John Hubert Marshall
Published by Superintendent Government Printing, Calcutta - 1918

Book excerpt:

Notwithstanding the power and wealth of Taxila in ancient days, the information we possess regarding its history is singularly meagre, being drawn i... Read More
 1 May 2013 Sculpture
Disk Stone with a Four-Part Design of Palmettes and Lotus Buds

Date: 1st century B.C.
Ancient region of Gandhara, Taxila
Dimensions: Diam. 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm)

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