From Guru to God: Yogic prowess and places of practice
in Early-Medieval India
By Tamara I. Sears
One of the best known depictions of yoga’s power is found in a relief sculpted across the vast façade of an unfinished rock-cut temple in the southern Indian village of Mamallapuram, not far ...
Move over, Mughals
By William Dalrymple
Times of India - May 17, 2015
Just as the Mughals dominated early modern India politically, controlling all the rich lands from Kandahar down to the Vindhyas, so until recently they have also dominated the work of both modern historians and schola...
Ghulam Yazdani - The first man to photograph Ajanta.
Ghulam Yazdani, OBE (22 March 1885 - 13 November 1962) was an Indian archaeologist who was one of the founders of the Archaeological Department of His Exalted Highness The Nizam's Dominions (Hyderabad State). He also edited the Arabic and Pers...
Some Grey Areas in Fixing the Date of the Vakataka Phase of Ajanta Caves
By Rajesh K.Singh
This essay is a kind of historiography, which attempts to investigate afresh some of the vital points in dating the Ajanta caves of the Mahayana or Vakataka period. The need for the ta...
How the Ajanta murals were created
By Aishwarya Pramod
The Magic Tours of India Blog
The Ajanta cave paintings (from around 200 BCE to 500 CE) represent India's art at a great height of sophistication and skill. These scenes of the life of Buddha and the bodhisattvas, natural beauty and...
This guide addresses some frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values. The answers are meant only as general responses to these questions, and many possible exceptions are not described.
Operation Hidden Idol: The Struggle To Bring Back Indian Antiquities
By S. Vijay Kumar
After the first part on how artefacts worth millions are smuggled from India because of the indifference of the authorities, the sequel looks at what happens to these lost Gods in an unendin...
The Lost Legacy of Subhas Chandra Bose
January 23rd, 2014
This article is a brilliant effort examining the life and times of an extraordinary political leader, Subhas Chandra Bose. But more importantly it also tries to throw light on the question of communal harmony within m...
How a Maratha king held his own under British domination
By M T Saju
Times News | Feb 25, 2015
In 1801, the Maratha ruler of Thanjavur went on a two-month pilgrimage, covering more than one hundred temples situated along the Cauvery river. The king performed the ritual consecration of 1...