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HI Vol. 3 Issue 2

Heritage India takes you to the heights of the Garhwal Himalayas in this spectacular issue. Read about the sumptuous silks of Kanjeevaram, and the graceful dance Mohiniattam. From the stone temples of Kashmir to the stunning 900 Shatrunjay temples in Gujarat, the wonders of India continue to mesmerise. With articles on the Pushkar fair in Rajasthan, the Wodeyars of Mysore and history of Indian manuscripts, as always, we bring you a slice of India!


The Hill of Enlightenment – Shatrunjay Temples

For devout Jains, there comes a point in life, when the pilgrimage to the hill temples of Shatrunjay, is a calling of the heart they must listen to. And so they begin the journey to the hill top, which is home to almost 900 temples and a domain of messengers of God.
Atula Gupta

Lords of Thirty Three Villages – The Wodeyars of Mysore

The Wodeyar Dynasty was born from adversity and rose to become one of India’s longest reigning royal houses. For six hundred years they survived the rough and tumble of history and turned inclement times to their favour, leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.
Vikram Sampath

The Silken Treasure – Kanjeevaram Sarees

At a wedding in the south of India, colours, textures and weaves of fabrics that drape invitees are rich with the early spirit of the region. The lustrous hues that meet the eye carry exotic names such as rani pink, peacock blue, ripe mango, golden beetle, Ramar green, MS Blue, tender mango leaves, fig (anjeeri). This is in essence the Kanjeevaram saree offers.
Padma Raghavan, Savita Narayan

Capturing the written word – Manuscripts

The written word has been preserved by the ancients in a plethora of creative ways, using materials like palm-leaves and bark of the silver birch and sanchi bark, making the art both organic as well as deeply connected with the region. Thus, the great Indian manuscript is both inventive as well as varied.
Shreenand Bapat

The Father of Surgery – Sushruta

The Golden Age of Surgery in ancient India rests largely on the accomplishments of Sushruta, who is supposed to have lived sometime around the 4th Century CE in the ancient city of Benaras, located on the banks of River Ganges. His monumental treatise on surgery, Sushruta Samhitaa, established him as the Father of Indian Surgery.
Ambarish Khare

Daalim – Pomegranate

Considered to be one of the earliest cultivated fruit, the pomegranate carries with it a rich heritage of myth, legend and love, divine significance and earthly nourishment.
Randhir Khare

Simple Forms in Stone – Medieval Stone Temples in Kashmir

The medieval stone temples of Kashmir provide us with evidence that there once existed a rich tradition of design and construction, embellished by fine sculptural work and pure structural forms.
Rajesh K. Singh, Suresh Vasant

The Festive Moon – Pushkar Fair

Every Kartik full moon Pushkar, the sleepy oasis on the eastern fringe of the Marusthali Desert in Rajasthan, becomes the epicentre of ritual and festivity and is transformed both into a place of pilgrimage as well as a cattle fair.
Kumar Mangwani


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