Category Archives: History

Śiva-gaṇa-s and Andhakāsura-vadha in the Vāmana-purāṇa

On Twitter, one of our acquaintances going by the name @GhorAngirasa had a discussion on the significance of the number 66 in śaiva tradition. That reminded us of an unfinished article where we had noted this number in the context … Continue reading

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Cows, horses, sheep and goats

It goes without saying that humans are what they are today because of cows, horses, sheep and goats. Hindu civilization in particular is in the very least the product for the first two, while remaining two contributed to it from … Continue reading

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Mongolica: The Tangut empire

In the early 1100s of the CE Rtsa-mi lotsawa Sangs-rgyas grags-pa was in Nālandā, India, to study and transmit the latest that the tāntrika strain of Bauddha-mata had to offer. Within a century both his world and that of his … Continue reading

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Liṅga-kāmādi-sūtrāṇi

Devanagari PDF version .. Sūtrapāṭhaḥ .. atha liṅga-kāmādi-sūtrāṇi vyākhyāsyāmaḥ . jīvasūtrāṇunām anukrameṣu parimeyā vikārā jīvā-paramparāyā+avaśyam . jantvoḥ saṃgrāmas tasya paramaṃ kāraṇam . tasmād ajāyata jīvasūtrāṇunāṃ vyūḍhīkaraṇam . RecA-nāma jīvakāryāṇu-kulaṃ jīvasūtrāṇunāṃ vyūḍhīkaraṇaṃ karoti . mukhyaśo ‘nagnijīvasūtrāṇunām . anagnijīvasūtrāṇu-mithunayor maithunāt . idam … Continue reading

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1859 CE and beyond: Some reflections

The yuga between 1800 CE and 1900 CE saw a remarkable change in our understanding of the world at many levels. It is not that some of these ideas did not exist long before that time but they came together … Continue reading

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The maṅgalācaraṇam of the Mānasollāsa

In PDF format A conversation with a friend brought my mind back to the Mānasollāsa, the encyclopedia of the great Cālukya emperor Someśvara-deva. Below is the maṅgalācaraṇam of that work. The last verse is where the author announces himself. There … Continue reading

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A brief overview of the last campaign of Chingiz Khan and the issue of succession in the Mongol empire

Succession is always an important issue in history. The legacy of a mighty ruler and/or founder of an empire might quickly unravel if the issue of succession is left unresolved. In Hindu history the Gupta-s were marked with glory because … Continue reading

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