Initiation of Mahabhishekha Ceremony – The Oath

The priest who, with this, wishes that a Ksattriya should conquer in all the various ways of conquest, to subjugate all people, and that he should attain to  leadership, precedence, and supremacy over all kings, and attain everywhere and at all times to universal sovereignty, enjoyment, independence, distinguished distinction as king, the fulfilment of the… Read More Initiation of Mahabhishekha Ceremony – The Oath

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Varahamihira’s Saka Era – Is it 78 AD?

Varahamihira in Brihatsamhita writes, And Kalhana builds upon this. Going by the traditional Saka Era starting in 78 AD, we are seeing a difference of around 700 years between the current Saka Era and the Saka era mentioned by Varahamihira. Saka Era represents the victory of Indians over Western Kshatraps or in simpler terms, Western… Read More Varahamihira’s Saka Era – Is it 78 AD?

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The Definition of Brevity – Scriptures in a Single Sloka

This is the beauty of Sanskrit literature. There are instances of a story written in 25000 slokas and there are instances were the same story was told in one sloka. Below three are a single sloka recitations of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. I am not sure who wrote them, but the case is that all… Read More The Definition of Brevity – Scriptures in a Single Sloka

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The Exile of Yudhistira – Rajatarangini

A beautiful piece of poetry with which Kalhana ends the First Taranga. Yudhistira lost interest in governance and covered himself with sycophants. Irritated, a coup was launched against him and he was exiled. Below verses describe his exile. Then permitted by them to leave his own country, after the fight had been called off and time… Read More The Exile of Yudhistira – Rajatarangini

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Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar

Anquetil Duperron found a copy of Sirr-e-Akbar, Dara Shikoh’s translation of Upanishads and royally defaced the name, in the usual European style as Oppenk’hat. At the start of the book, Dara gives the author’s introduction to the work. This preface, where Dara says Upanishads are a commentary of the Quran, is considered to be the… Read More Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar

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Manifesto of the Progressive Writers Movement, 1935

The Progressive Writers Movement formed as an anti-imperialistic and left-oriented literary movement with the aim to bring equality and attack social injustice. It was formed in 1935 in London as a consequence of a meeting of progressive Indian authors and it’s manifesto was published both in English and in Hindi. The manifesto, in English, published from… Read More Manifesto of the Progressive Writers Movement, 1935

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