Sonitpur Jackfruit

The North Bank Plain Zone (NBPZ) of Assam comprising of Darrang, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts is renowned for its high-quality tea, native rice varieties, pulses, maize, oilseeds and rich and diverse horticultural crops. The indigenous pineapple, jackfruit, banana, papaya, cabbage, Assam lemon, black pepper and others grown here are much sought-after in domestic and... Continue Reading →

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History of Banaras – Part II

The stature of Benares as the seat of learning, knowledge and wisdom grew under the patronage of the Maukharis of Kannauj, Gurjara-Pratiharas and the mighty Kalachuris towards the end of the 10th century.   The period of the Kalachuris is often referred to as the golden era in the city's history marked with the construction... Continue Reading →

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir, located in the western part of Mathurapuri is one of the most revered temples in the ancient city. Considered to be one of the four guardians or custodians of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Bhuteshwar Mahadev is considered to be a manifestation of the sacrosanct Kashi Vishwanathji of Benares.   According to the Hindu... Continue Reading →

Veppilakatti

A delightful spicy yet tangy accompaniment to curd rice, adai, dosa and chapati is veppilakatti. Veppilakatti is a truly masterful innovation of the Palakkad Iyers (Palghat Iyers) that is loved by people from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.   One naturally will think that veppilakatti is made from neem leaves (veppila means neem in Tamizh and Malayalam) but is actually made... Continue Reading →

Ganapathi Naranga and Vadukapuli Naranga

Bharat is home to several types of indigenous citrons that are widely used in the preparation of local delicacies, medicines, jams and pickles. Though some of the best native citrons are available in the foothills of the Himalayas, citrons cultivated in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are an acquired taste but equally delicious.   The auspicious... Continue Reading →

Shree Pipleshwar Nath Mahadev (Peepleshwar Mahadeo Temple), Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Mathurapuri known as Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi is one of the oldest and most sacrosanct places of Akhanda Bharat. It has been mentioned as one of the Sapta Puri in the Hindu scriptures that bestows moksha - अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी काञ्ची अवन्तिका । पुरी द्वारावती चैव सप्तैते मोक्षदायकाः ॥   This ancient city is the birthplace... Continue Reading →

Sheohar Moringa

Bihar, a largely agrarian economy contributes a sizeable share to India's annual production of paddy, wheat, maize, lentils, chickpea, sugarcane, jute, mango, banana, litchi, jackfruit, guava, grass pea and now moringa. It is estimated that Bihar has the highest proportion of total land put to agricultural use in India.   The cropping pattern seen in... Continue Reading →

History of Banaras – Part I

Banaras, the golden city of knowledge, wisdom, spirituality and Advaita, has from the ancient times been considered to be one of the most sacrosanct places of Akhanda Bharat. This glorious city has a rich history that can be traced back to the time of creation.   Archaeological excavations have uncovered rare artefacts from the Vedic Period... Continue Reading →

Veni Madhav Temple, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Veni Madhav Mandir located at Daranganj close to the sacrosanct Triveni Sangam is one of the oldest shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Prayag. This is one of the Dwadasha Madhav Temples of this historical city.   This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lakshmi Devi has been mentioned in the Matsya Purana, Agni Purana and Padma Purana... Continue Reading →

Mangalore Goli Baje (Goli Bajji)

Goli baje, a deep-fried heavenly delight is a signature dish of Mangalore and Udupi. This popular snack is often seen as an accompaniment to breakfast, lunch, tea and even dinner.   Goli baje is surprisingly easy to make and requires basic ingredients like maida, sour curds, spices like ginger and green chilli, coconut and coriander... Continue Reading →

Bhojpur Pea (Grass Pea)

Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.), known locally as khesari dal (kesari dal) was once an economically important crop grown extensively in Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Archaeological excavations in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh revealed that this crop was cultivated in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. This crop can survive... Continue Reading →

Nathuram Vinayak Godse: The Untold Story – Part VII (Martyr Jatindranath Das, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Martyr Shivaram Hari Rajguru and Revolutionary Batukeshwar Dutt)

From 1818, the British surreptitiously robbed Akhanda Bharat of its treasures, artefacts, rare jewels, gems and crowns, art and sculptures. A sizeable portion made its way back to their country while the remaining was placed in the British government treasury. When information was leaked that money rightfully belonging to Indians was looted by the British... Continue Reading →

Vishnu Varaha and ruins, Karitalai / Karanpur, Vijayraghavgarh, Katni District, Madhya Pradesh

The large red sandstone boulders of Kaimur Range have for long fascinated the rulers of Central India be it the Guptas, the Paramaras, the Chalukyas of Kalyani, Gurjara-Pratiharas, Gahadavalas and others to mention a few. Remarkable monolithic sculptures of red sandstone with exceptional detailing are found particularly in the Katni district of Madhya Pradesh.  ... Continue Reading →

Shimoga Genasale

Shivamogga district, a gastronomer's haven offers a heady mix of traditional Udupi and highly scientific Malenadu cuisine. Shimoga is home to the Havyaka Brahmins who have adopted the age-old methods for cooking using locally available leaves, fruits, barks and agricultural produce that is season specific.   Every dish prepared by them be it gojjus, hashi, chutneys, tambli, pickles... Continue Reading →

Bidar Ginger

Bidar district known as 'The Crown of Karnataka' is blessed with rich history, culture, architecture, national resources and agricultural produce. Located in North Karnataka, Bidar has the ideal climatic conditions (hot dry summers, cold winters and decent rainfall in the monsoon) and a mixture of clayey, red loamy, deep alluvial black calcareous clayey, deep black... Continue Reading →

Patalpuri Mandir and Akshayavat, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Akhanda Bharat has many stunning gems in its bosom but the crown jewel is undoubtedly the ancient Patalpuri Temple and the extraordinary Akshayavata. Akshayavata is derived from the Sanskrit words akshaya meaning eternal or imperishable or indestructible and vata meaning banyan or sacred fig and therefore, literally translates to the eternal banyan (fig).   According to the Hindu scriptures,... Continue Reading →

Udupi Hayagreeva Maddi (Hayagriva Maddi)

The history of Hayagreeva Maddi, a delectable Udupi sweet made from bengal gram (chana dal), locally sourced jaggery, freshly prepared homemade ghee, grated coconut, dried fruits and spices can be traced back to the time of the great saint and philosopher, Sri Vadirajatirtharu of Sode Matha.   According to the locals, in the early 1500s, a goldsmith... Continue Reading →

Cuddalore Cashew Processing

It is perhaps not known to many that Panruti taluka in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu produces one of the finest variety of cashew nut in the world. Such is the demand for the Panruti cashew across the globe, that it has been titled as the 'goldmine' of Cuddalore.   Cashew nut cultivation and cashew... Continue Reading →

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