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 →

Someshwar Temple, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Someshwar Mahadev Mandir (also known as Someshwar Nath Mandir) situated across the holy Yamuna River in Arail village is one of the eight important tirthsthalas of Prayagraj. This sacrosanct temple finds mention in the Padma Purana and Shiva Purana and is worshipped by all the devotees who participate in the Kumbha, Ardha Kumbha and Magha Mela.   According to the... Continue Reading →

Belgaum Kunda

Belgaum, known as the 'sugar bowl of Karnataka' is famous for its karadantu, 'cycle' khova, mandige and of course, kunda! In fact, the city is also called Kundagiri after this delectable sweet made from fresh milk, sugar and spices.   According to the locals, the origin of this sweet can be traced back to Gajanan Mithaiwala of Vitthal... Continue Reading →

Pollachi Cocoa

Pollachi, known in Tamil as Pozhil Vaitchi meaning land blessed with stunning natural beauty, wealth and prosperity is famous for its innumerable cocoa plantations and delicious world-famous bar chocolates. Owing to its proximity to the Western Ghats, Pollachi has the ideal climate (hot summers, cool winters and adequate annual rainfall) to grow cocoa.   Cocoa (Theobroma cacao... Continue Reading →

Belgaum Cycle Khova (Ballari ‘Cycle’ Khova)

Belagavi has a wide range of scrumptious sweets and lip-smacking savouries that will surely tantalize your taste buds. Kunda, karadantu, mandige and 'cycle' khova are a must try for one visiting this historical city.   'Cycle' khova as the name suggests is khova that is sold by vendors on bicycles! This sinfully delicious sweet is surprisingly light on the stomach and... Continue Reading →

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