Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri Kokum, Maharashtra

Kokum (Garcinia indica) called as the ‘The Kool King’ of Indian fruits flourishes in the dense forests of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Konkan kokum is a perennial fruit of commercial value that thrives in the scenic Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.   According to the locals, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts have about 43,000 centuries-old kokum... Continue Reading →

Swamimalai Bronze Icons of Tamil Nadu

Shilpa Shastra, broadly classified as the 'Science of Arts and Crafts' is the supreme authority on the Chatushashti Kalas (Sixty-four arts) of the universe. The subject of Shilpa Shastra is dealt with at length in the Vedas, Puranas, Agamas and others scriptures and has been assiduously adopted by kings, craftsmen and patrons of art since time immemorial.... Continue Reading →

Wooden Mask of Kushmandi, West Bengal

The quaint village of Mahisbathan in Kushmandi district in the heritage belt of Dakshin Dinajpur is famous for its unique wooden masks. The origin of this craft of mask making is unknown but the stylization, designs and motifs of the masks suggests a deep connection to their religious beliefs. These masks are an intrinsic part... Continue Reading →

Tulaipanji Rice of West Bengal

Dinajpur district in West Bengal is renowned for its indigenous rice diversity finding mention in many important scriptural texts dating back to 1100 CE One of the oldest native varieties found here is Tulaipanji or Tulai that has been cultivated for centuries with traditional methods. Folk songs glorifying this scented rice, its cultivation practices and... Continue Reading →

Joynagar Moa of West Bengal

The ancient city of Joynagar-Majilpur derives its name from the local goddess and presiding deity, Ma Joychandi and over time, came to be called Joychandinagar and then Joynagar. Joyangar is popularly known as 'the cradle of moa', a unique winter sweet that is placed in high esteem by Bengalis.     It is said that... Continue Reading →

Baluchari Saree of West Bengal

The history of Baluchari that literally means sandy river bank can be traced back to 1704 C.E. when Murshid Quli Khan, the Nawab of Bengal who patronized the flourishing weaving tradition brought several weavers from Dhaka in Bangladesh and helped them establish a small weaving community in Baluchar village on the bank of the Bhagirathi... Continue Reading →

Pattamadai Pai (Pattamadai Mats) of Tamil Nadu

The quaint village of Pattamadai in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu is famous for its centuries-old handwoven mats made of korai grass. These exquisite mats found its place on the international market when it was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation in 1953 and since then has been presented to dignitaries around the world.... Continue Reading →

श्रीविल्लिपुत्तूर का पालखोवा (Srivilliputtur Palkova, Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu)

श्रीविल्लिपुत्तूर ना केवल आण्डाल मंदिर के लिए प्रसिद्ध है, बल्कि दूध से बनी एक खास मिठाई के लिए भी प्रसिद्ध है जिसे स्थानीय भाषा में पालखोवा कहते है। तमिल भाषा में 'पाल' का अर्थ होता है 'दूध'। यह केवल गाय का दूध और शक्कर के मिश्रण से बनाई जाती है। स्थानीय निवासियों का कहना है... Continue Reading →

Rasmancha, Bishnupur, Bankura District, West Bengal

The long-established tradition of rasa leela (Dance of Divine Love) has been prevalent in West Bengal for centuries. This auspicious occasion is either celebrated on Krishna Janmashtami or on Kartik Purnima where Lord Krishna is brought from different temples and placed on a viewing pavilion called rasmancha or dolmancha. One of the most famous rasmancha is the Rasmancha at... Continue Reading →

Bardhaman Sitabhog of West Bengal

The lip-smacking Sitabhog served with nikhuti (tiny gulab jamuns) will assuredly send you to a heavenly place! This century-old sweet of Bardhaman along with Mihidana is an invention of the late Khettranath Nag. The city of Bardhaman derives it name from Mahavira or Vardhaman Swami (around the 6th century B.C.E.) and is famous for its... Continue Reading →

कोविलपट्टी की कडलै मिठाई (Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai, Tamil Nadu)

१९४० के दशक में पोनाम्बला नादर नामक, एक समृद्ध किराने की दुकान के मालिक ने, परंपरागत तरीके से बनाई जाने वाली खजूर के गुड़ और मूंगफली की कडलै मिठाई को एक नया रूप देने के लिए गन्ने के गुड़ और मूंगफली से बनाने का निश्चय किया। स्थानीय लोगों का कहना है कि दशकों से कोविलपट्टी... Continue Reading →

Bardhaman Mihidana of West Bengal

The delectable Bardhaman Mihidana that literally means fine grains was first prepared along with Sitabhog in honour of Maharaja Mahtab Chand Bahadur by the late Khettranath Nag according to his grandson, the late Nagendranath Nag. Seventy-two years later, both these dishes were served to Lord Curzon in 1904 when he visited Bardhaman on the invitation... Continue Reading →

गुजरात का भलिया गेहूं (Bhalia Wheat, Gujarat)

गुजरात के स्थानीय निवासियों का मानना है कि भाल नामक क्षेत्र में बड़े पैमाने पर उगाए जाने वाले गेहूं का नाम संस्कृत के शब्द भाल के ऊपर पड़ा है, जिसका अर्थ है 'मस्तक', ऐसा इसलिए है क्योकि यह क्षेत्र भी मस्तक के समान सपाट दिखता है। यह सुनने में अजीब लगता है, परन्तु वास्तव में... Continue Reading →

Chettinad Kottan of Tamil Nadu

Once a part of the kingdom of the Pandyas of Madurai, Chettinadu or the land of Chettiars comprised of 96 villages founded by the Nattukottai Chettiars or Nagarthar meaning townsfolk. This aristocratic community were seafarers, bankers and businessmen. This wealthy stretch of land in Sivaganga district is famous for its architecture, art, utensils, tiles, weaving and... Continue Reading →

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