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Sundaramurti: A Great Saint of South India
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Sundaramurti: A Great Saint of South India

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore South India from ancient times has been a cradle for many saints who either belonged to Shaiva or Vaishnava sects. That tradition is being continued even in modern times as evidenced by many Mutts and temples. In fact the…

Remembering Acharyas
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Remembering Acharyas

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Last week on two consecutive days (20th and 21st April) were celebrated the Jayantis (birthdays) of two great savants namely Sri Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya. The uniqueness about these two acharyas is that they were born outside Karnataka…

Homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
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Homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Yesterday, the 14th of April, was the 127th birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and it was celebrated all over the country with admiration and gratitude by schools, colleges and other organisations. There are many Ambedkar Bhavans also which celebrate…

Four festivals in a row
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Four festivals in a row

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Once the festival season begins, they come with a bang and these festivals are celebrated all over the country with devotion. The methods adopted may look different but the inner motto is to remember the divinity. This actually happened…

Ugadi heralds New Year Vilambi
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Ugadi heralds New Year Vilambi

By Prof.A.V. Narasimha Murthy Yugadi, also pronounced as Ugadi, is a Sanskrit form of the Kannada word ugadi. It means the beginning of the yuga and it should not be taken literally because yuga symbolically represents the year or time which is eternal and waits for no man. That is why the popularity of the…

Shivaratri, a Night Dedicated to Shiva
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Shivaratri, a Night Dedicated to Shiva

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, Former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Shivaratri is celebrated all over India and in our city too. It is referred to as ‘Shivaratri’ perhaps because devotees worship Shiva throughout the night. This is particularly true with regard to most Shiva temples. According to mythology, Shiva performed…

The origins of Republic
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The origins of Republic

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy Indians celebrated Republic Day, popularly known as Ganarajyotsava with all solemnity and patriotism that it deserved. Years ago, I was in Delhi for some official work with Union Public Service Commission and I got a pass to witness the great spectacle of Ganarajyotsava from a vantage point and that is…

Glorious Suttur Jathre
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Glorious Suttur Jathre

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore The Kannada word Jathre (Jathra) is derived from the Sanskrit word Yatra and it is generally associated with a God, Goddess or a Saint or Jagadguru of a Mutt. In our country, Jathres are held at important Holy places…

Tradition of South Indian Coinage
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Tradition of South Indian Coinage

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore South India, comprising  Karnataka, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, has a distinctive system of coinage from ancient times which continued till recently when the Britishers introduced almost a common system of coinage for the entire country with some exceptions…

Salutations to Saint Kanakadasa
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Salutations to Saint Kanakadasa

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore South India in general and Karnataka in particular abounds in contemporary or near contemporary saints who are still a religious force. Recently (6.11.2017) the birth anniversary of Saint Kanakadasa was celebrated with religious fervour in many parts of Karnataka…

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