Tag: Pages from History

Saint Nijaguna Shivayogi
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Saint Nijaguna Shivayogi

September 15, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore From time immemorial our country is famous for Saints of various religious denominations. To them these denominations did not matter because they were all speaking the same language incorporating the good of the society, which is generally known by…

Anecdotes on Mahatma
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Anecdotes on Mahatma

August 24, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore August 15, 1947 is a red letter day to us Indians because India got political independence from the British on that day. The first Prime Minister of Independent India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru lowered down the British flag and hoisted…

Rudrapatna Shamasastry  and Oriental Research Library
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Rudrapatna Shamasastry and Oriental Research Library

June 30, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Rudrapatna Shamasastry, who discovered the palm leaf manuscript of Kautilya’s Arthashastra became a celebrity all over the world overnight. Perhaps this has no parallel in the history of literature in any of the languages known to us. Rudrapatnam has…

Ambassador Nazareth, a true Gandhian
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Ambassador Nazareth, a true Gandhian

June 23, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Recently we were invited to attend an international convocation in Mysuru city. The graduating students were mostly from universities abroad. They, wearing conventional gowns and hoods, were full of joy as it was a red-letter day in their lives….

Looking at elections in historical perspective
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Looking at elections in historical perspective

June 8, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore In ancient times, election was a divine affair particularly in theology which meant chosen by God. Thus it was a selection by the clergy who represented God. In Latin, it was ligerilect which meant pick. In ancient times, a…

Salutations to two Acharyas
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Salutations to two Acharyas

May 19, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore This country is studded with hundreds of religious teachers specially known as Acharyas. Acharya is not just a teacher or a Professor in a University but a Saint who guides the people. There may be minor or major differences…

Raja Ravi Varma: The Emperor of Painting
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Raja Ravi Varma: The Emperor of Painting

April 28, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore There are hundreds of painters all over the world but Ravi Varma belongs to the royalty of Kerala. This may be compared to His Highness Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore who was a Music Composer. Ravi Varma was…

Sri Ramachandra An Ideal Person
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Sri Ramachandra An Ideal Person

April 14, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore The great poet Maharshi Valmiki has immortalised Sri Ramachandra. Actually Maharshi Valmiki asks Narada a question ‘Was/is there a human being who is of excellent character, who is capable of heroism, who knows the secret of dharma and a…

Musings on Siddavatam Fort
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Musings on Siddavatam Fort

March 31, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore This word ‘Siddavatam’ should have been spelt as ‘Siddhavatam.’ The word ‘Siddha’ means one who had originated from the Gods. ‘Vata’ is a tree where Hindus go and perform rituals to dead relatives. Thus it conforms to our ancient…

The illustrious Saint Tukaram
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The illustrious Saint Tukaram

March 17, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore India is a land of saints. They are born as and when required to keep dharma or moral order intact and to tell the people about its need and importance. This is also called as avatara. Thus hundreds of…

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