Taken from Rajatarangini, the background of the story is thus. Meghavahana while in conquests, comes across a Sabara sacrificing a person. The king stops him and the Sabara says, to save his infant son, he needs to sacrifice this man to Chandika. The king offers himself in place of the victim. Below is what transpired… Read More Clash of Civilizations – The Discussion between Meghavahana, the King of Kashmir and a Sabara Chief
Well, I don’t know how a person can be such anti-nationalistic. Even though the king proposes to introduce a new script, this guy vehemently opposes it stating we will b shamed if we don’t imitate the great and venerable Chinese. Well, the story is not as plain as it looks. This guy, Choe Manri is… Read More Defining a Slave – Choe Manri’s Opposition to Hangul
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
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?
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
From the Constituent Assembly Debate on National Language. Well, forget the Gandhi part. And the sort of North Indian bias reminds me of a word Vishnubhat Godse used in his book – he is going to pilgrimage to Hindustan. In his days, Hindustan is North India, Desh is Maratha core lands and South India, god only… Read More A powerful speech in support for Urdu – National Language Debates
In spite of the joke called Indo-Aryan Language Family which says Scottish is more nearer to Marathi as compared to neighbouring Telugu, it is interesting to note how the pronunciation of a word changes as it traverses geographies. Take for example, the word for India itself – it has become Hodu on one side and Cheonchuk on the… Read More How to Murder a Word – The Word India