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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…

Walking God walks to Heaven
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Walking God walks to Heaven

February 10, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore For the past few weeks since the ‘Walking God’ Sri Shivakumara Swamiji left for heavenly abode, electronic and print media have been writing articles about this Saint particularly with regard to the services he was rendering to the society…

The significance of Makara Sankranti
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The significance of Makara Sankranti

January 14, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimhamurthy Makara Sankranti also called ‘Uttarayana Punyakala’ is an important festival celebrated by Hindus. It is based on astronomical calculations in theory and is celebrated with unique practices. Beginning from ‘Makara Raashi’, the   Sun travels (it is earth that rotates, Sun is a static star) from South to North. According to ancient…

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