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Vajrayana adopted deities such as Bhairava, known as Yamantaka in Tibetan Buddhism

Vajrayana: The saga of buddhist and Hindu Ideals

Vajrayana is so called because of the tantric cults associated with it. David B. Gray and Thomas Yarnall in their...

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Amb Sharif: The Effaced Cardinal Remnants of the Hindu Shahis

Sadly, there exists no established view till date with regard to who originally built the temples. The Hindu Shahis stood...

A picture showing the Lahore Fort (Alamgiri Gate in background) and Hazuri Bagh Pavilion (foreground) in 1870.

The wall that speaks and a pavilion that declaims

Lahore Fort, the grandest of all the Mughal citadels ever built in Pakistan, isn’t just about another incredibly opulent fortification...

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Rebel princess: Zeb-un-Nissa of the Mughal ménage

Aurangzeb’s eldest daughter, Zeb-un-Nissa, had mastered subjects like philosophy, astronomy, mathematics, history, theology and literature. Also, she was identified to...

Painting depicting nautch girls performing their dance.

The Nautch Atrophy: Decline of Medieval India’s most famed Performing Arts

Analysing broadly, what the British referred to as nautch was a dance form that was specifically prevalent only in the...

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Nangeli and the first documented ‘Pati Sahagamanam’

The tale of Nangeli is symbolic of a woman’s lone resistance against an authority, bringing about an entire change in...

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Megasthenes, Heracles and the Graeco-Indian Classical Antiquity

Although Megasthenes’ deification of Hercules and Dionysus in India, along with several other fictionalised historical facts were ambivalent, he did...

The library of Nysa

 Nagara: An ancient Indo-Dionysiac Metropolis

The earliest details of Nagara are to be found in Ptolemy’s ‘Geōgraphikḕ Hyphḗgēsis’, locating it to be in ‘India intra...