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Ancient India, the land of mystery

First Online: August 15, 1997
Last updated : May 09, 2017 

Introduction

The study of ancient India is both fascinating and mysterious. What was the Vedic lifestyle like? How did the great language Sanskrit -- used in Hindu rituals even today -- cease to be in circulation? Did the war of Mahabharata really happen? What happened to the tradition of architecture that gave us the great temples of India? Were the Aryans, Indians?  Why did Indians started worshipping genitalia? How did the caste system came about? 

There are no specific answers to these, but in the following research articles, archaeological evidences, and references to other published works on the topic, we have tried to throw light on ancient India. Please note that the term ancient is used loosely, without regard to specific time period in Indian history. The term medieval refers to the time period between 9th Century A.D. to 14th Century  A.D.

Table of Contents

Mankind's First Art
The pre-historic rock paintings of Madhya Pradesh are 5000 to 20000 years old. Dr. K. L. Kamat wonders on the meaning of some of the paintings.
Education in Ancient India
Dr. Jyotsna Kamat hosts an amusing online exhibition of historical artifacts on education in India through the centuries.
Status of Medieval Women
Status of women in medieval South India, including marriage, status of widows, women in entertainment, and the Sati system. 
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Drinking in Ancient India
Drinking habits of men and women of Karnataka as described in medieval texts and sculptures.
Ancient Fashions

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Ancient India
Ancient India,
Land of Mystery

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Milking and Rearing a CowMan Wearing a TurbanDancer from Mohenjo-daro -- 21st Century B.C.Portrait of Chanakya
A Medieval Man Wearing a Stitched HeadgearCreaming the ButterSocial Themes Depicted in the Sculptures of SanchiA Kalibangan Seal
Harappan SealsLord Shiva Tames the Evil ElephantMedieval Crime and Punishment

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