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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Kuchela, Lord Krishna’s friend
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Kuchela, Lord Krishna’s friend

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore We have seen hundreds of people who are friends of kings, rich people, Maharajas, administrators and others. But we are not familiar with an ordinary person like Kuchela having friendship with Lord Sri Krishna, who is supposed to have…

Illustrious Saint Kanakadasa
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Illustrious Saint Kanakadasa

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Karnataka is known for Saints who preached devotion irrespective of caste and community. They preached devotion towards Hari or Narayana in Kannada language so that it could be understood even by an illiterate person provided he had devotion. Saint…

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