VGI Collection 4

A Random Collection of Pictures Describing Indian Culture.

 Knowing a son by mothers name was part of culture:
170 A.D : Satvahana King Gautamiputra Satkarni . The king who Is known by his mother's name#MothersDay 

Nasik Inscription reveals that King Gautamiputra (Son of Queen Gautami) is known by his mother's name Gautami Balasri.

 Knowing a son by mothers name was part of culture:
Sage Satyakam Jabala was known by his mother's name . Jabala Upanishad composed by him Is named after his mother Jabala 

 Goat Riders : 3rd Century B.C (2300 Years Old ). 
This is seen in a sculpture in Sanchi Stupa.
How widely was it prevalent? Matter of research.

Manuscript of Kautilya Chanakya's Arthshastra - earliest literature on economy & governance - 300 BC.

Rudradaman Inscription Found In Junagadh , Gujarat.
The inscription is significant as a historical record of public works in ancient India.
The Ashokan edicts on Girnar rock impart moral instructions on dharma, equality, harmony, tolerance, peace and repent the evil of war.
The hump-backed rock also has two later records in Sanskrit added by Rudradaman in AD 150 and by Skandgupta in AD 450.
It mentions the construction of a water reservoir named Sudarshana nearby, during the reign of the Maurya Empire founder Chandragupta Maurya by Vaishya Pushyagupta.
Later, during the reign of Ashoka, it mentions a Yavana king named Tushaspha building conduits.

SWASTIK symbol was found in Indus Valley.
It seems later it was adopted world over.
The symbol of the true Swastika goes back over 11,000 years and is believed to have originated in the Harappan period and the culture of the Indus Valley Civilization.
“We have found the most mature and geometrically ordered Swastika in the pre-Harappan times in the form of seals. We have also been able to trace the mention of the Swastika in the Vedas around the same time. These are scintillating findings that will help us announce that the Indian civilization is far more ancient than what is written in accepted history books, mostly by Europeans,” said Joy Sen, a faculty member at IIT-Kgp faculty and lead project

Elora Caves : Paintings showing people wearing socks.

Madras University students 1865.

That was America 1948.
The university insisted that he must be segregated from the rest.
Certainly the whites had a religious & educational profile.

Once God (Shri Krishna) showed four headed Lord Brahmha ( the mythological creator of our present universe) that there are many Brahmhas with 8, 10, 16, 32, 64,....... heads also.
The moral of the story is that our ancestors knew that there are universes with many more dimensions inconceivable to our present senses.

4500 Years Old ( 2500 B.C) Terracotta Animal Figurines From Lothal , Harappa and Mohenjo Daro

( National Museum , Delhi )

A rare deity of Goddess Parvati stopping the Halahala poison in the neck of Lord Shiva.


Rampurva bull excavation in 1907. (3rd century BCE.)

Rampurva is located in the West Champaran district of Bihar, close to Nepal border.

The bull capital is presently at Rashtrapati Bhawan.


1907 Pic, Rampurva lion excavation.
(3rd century BCE site.)

Rampurva is located in the West Champaran district of Bihar, close to Nepal border.

The lion capital is presently at Indian Museum Kolkata.

Kazi Nazrul Islam was a Bengali poet, writer, musician and the national poet of Bangladesh.
He was born on 25 May 1899 in Asansol, Bengal.
Nazrul wrote and composed music for nearly 4,000 songs, many recorded on HMV and gramophone records. Nazrul was not limited to Islamic devotional music but also wrote Hindu devotional music. He composed Agamanis, Bhajans, Shyama sangeet, and kirtan. Nazrul wrote over 500 Hindu devotional songs. Nazrul's poetry and songs explored the philosophy of Islam and Hinduism.
Nazrul: Plying flute & in the role of Narad Muni.

Snippets from History: Ghee was one of the commodities exported from Bengal to foreign countries. Attached table shows the quantity of Ghee exported quarterly. Imagine the abundance of ghee in Bengal.
469481 lbs = 212998kg
611284 lbs = 277274kg
530543 lbs = 240650kg

1870s PIC
Showing the massive rock popularly called Krishna's Butterball at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) in Tamil Nadu.

A view of the Sculptures representing the tapass or intense penance of Arjoona Mahabalipoorum from a Sketch by Mr J. Braddock by J. Gantz’, 1825
(image courtesy – British Library

Centuries old environment friendly method of decoration.
A Welcome Gate For Xi Studded With 18 Types Of Organic Fruits, Vegetables. Around 200 staff members and trainees of the Department of Horticulture spent nearly 10 hours to decorate


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