Gobindabhog Rice of West Bengal

Archaeological excavations conducted in 1962 at Pandu Rajar Dhibi in Ausgram II block in the Sadar North subdivision of Purba Bardhaman district in West Bengal unearthed earthen pots using a mix of rice husk in the main mound. Based on scientific tests, archaeologists concluded that the ancient civilization that dates back to 2000 BCE was... Continue Reading →

Ambernath Shiv Temple, Ambernath, Maharashtra

One of the oldest temples of the Konkan coastal stretch is the Ambernath Shiv Temple located at Ambernath about 50 km from Mumbai. Ambernath literally means Lord of the Sky or Space and interestingly, this temple does not have a roof over the sanctum sanctorum! Locals believe that the presiding deity may have been named... Continue Reading →

Ambemohar Rice of Maharashtra

The diversity of indigenous aromatic rice types found in India is staggering to say the least. Scented varieties are broadly classified as basmati and non-basmati. Some of the traditional rice varieties categorized as non-basmati are in fact far superior in both taste and fragrance to basmati rice.   Ambemohar that literally means mango blossom in Marathi is one of... Continue Reading →

On the history trail: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s miraculous escape from Agra

It was imperative for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to maintain the pretence of submissiveness towards Mirza Raja, Jai Singh I to effect the famous Treaty of Purandar on 11 June 1665. It was quite clear that Mirza Raja was favourably disposed towards Maharaj and sanguine about a permanent understanding between Aurangzeb and Maharaj.   As time passed, Mirza Raja... Continue Reading →

Raja Karna ka Kila (Raja Karna’s Fort), Mirzapur Village, Thanesar Tehsil, Kurukshetra District, Haryana

Our quest to draw a map of ancient India specifically the Mahabharat era leads us to Mirzapur village in the municipality of Thanesar in Kurukshetra district. The ancient town of Thanesar also known as Sthaneshwar, deriving its name from the presiding deity, Lord Shiva who is seated at Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple is considered to be... Continue Reading →

Ghazipur Wall Hanging

One of the most exquisite handicrafts of Uttar Pradesh are the wall hangings of Ghazipur that are renowned for its innovative designs, weaving and craftsmanship. This craft is practised in villages of Ghazipur, Mirzapur, Varanasi and Chandauli, with more than 3000 families engaged in this centuries-old art.   The artisans use an ancient Banaras weaving... Continue Reading →

Katarni Rice of Bihar

Some of the rarest and finest aromatic rice varieties of India are found in the Bhagalpur and Magadh divisions of Bihar. Bhagalpur has been a traditional aromatic rice growing area, where varieties such as Katarni, Tulsi Manjari and Badshah Bhog are widely grown. Over the years, variations of Katarni like Bhauri Katarni, Deshla Katarni, Sabour... Continue Reading →

Achalgarh Fort, Achalgarh Village, Mount Abu, Rajasthan

One of the most interesting forts of Rajasthan is the lesser-known Achalgarh Fort nestled high in the Aravalli Range. This magnificent fort sits atop a hill in the picturesque village of Achalgarh, a few kilometres away from the famous Dilwara Temples. The Achalgarh Fort complex situated in an eco-sensitive zone is steeped in history, religion... Continue Reading →

Vengurla Cashew

India is one of the largest producers of cashew nut in the world accounting for more than 30 percent of the world production. The coastal states of India have been cultivating cashew trees for centuries. Cashew was first introduced in Goa by the Portuguese and then slowly found its way down the Konkan coast to... Continue Reading →

Sangli Raisins

Tasgaon - Sangli belt in Maharashtra is famous for its delectable raisins accounting for 90 percent of total production in the country. The state of Maharashtra ranks first in terms of production of grapes and exports more than 1.22 lakh tonnes annually.   According to historians, grape cultivation originated in Armenia and was brought to... Continue Reading →

Agra Durrie

Every Hindu scripture has riveting descriptions of magnificent cities, grand palaces and alluring inner chambers that are richly embellished in gold, diamonds, precious stones and expensive cloths. The bright floor coverings that were spread out to receive Lord Krishna at Shauripur near Agra has been mentioned in the Mahabharat at length and the origin of... Continue Reading →

Navapur Tur Dal

The taluka of Navapur in Nandurbar district in Maharashtra is famous for its delicious fruits, vegetables and food grains. Navapur is traditionally known to be a stronghold of the tribals who arrived here centuries ago when their homeland was invaded by the Mughals. Some of the best agricultural crops of India like groundnuts, soya bean, rice... Continue Reading →

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