Asian Indian

The culture and history of India (Asian, not Native American)

11th century water reservoir found in Bangladesh

Archaeologists working on a site at Gopalpur village in Bangladesh were surprised to find a thousand-year-old brick-built water reservoir. The area was part of the Bharendra region and under the rule of Pala dynasty, according to team leader, Swadhin Sen, associate professor of the Department of Archaeology of Jahagirnagar University.

Gypsies originated in NW India

A new genetic study published in Current Biology reveals that European Gypsies originated in northwest India and migrated to the Balkan area of Europe in the 6th century. The study was led by David Comas of Spain's Institute of Evolutionary Biology,

10th century copper plate reveals new history of Jharkhand

Archaeologist Harendra Sinha is excited about the discovery of a rare copper plate Jaint Garh, a small village near Chaibasa, India, which includes information on a 10th century land grant with "details of the ruler and his family, purpose of the grant along with the details of the beneficiary."

[MID] First Contact: Portugal and India

The Marche of Gwyntarian presents First Contact: Portugal and India, hosting the Brendoken Championships.

Archaeologists plan conservation of 8th century Buddhist university

For years, the ruins of Vikramshila university, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning in Bhagalpur, India, have been neglected. Now a team of archaeologists have decided to begin work on the "university" which once housed over 10,000 students.

The riches of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

In a moment straight out of an Indiana Jones film, a panel of officials opened the sealed vaults to the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala finding treasure worth billions of rupees.

Rare unicorn idol found in India

A rare unicorn idol from the 12th or 13th century was found in Udupi, India. While the animal appears horse-like overall, it is actually a chimera of several different types of animals. The idol may be associated with Naga Bermar, a local fertility god.

Google Earth search leads to discovery of five Indian forts

Sachin Joshi, a research assistant at Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, noticed some unusual wall-like structures in the Raigad district of India while perusing Google Earth images. Upon investigations, the walls were discovered to be five forts dating to the 15th and 16th centuries.

Early Tamil incscription found

A 13th century grain jug unearthed near Ranipet, India has the earliest example of Tamil script on a clay vessle. The 3-foot tall jug, called a granary, also depicts an elephant, a cow, and a scene of a woman giving birth.

Britain refuses to return Indian artifacts

A request from Archaeological Survey of India for the British government to return Indian objects removed from the country during British colonial rule has been refused, according to the Times of India.

Bidar fort excavations reveal escape tunnels and soldiers' quarters

Excavations at the 15th century Bidar Fort constructed by Sultan Ahmed Shah of the Bahamani Dynasty in Bidar, India have revealed an extensive series of royal escape tunnels, wells and soldiers' quarters.

Gajalakshmi statue found in Kashmir

A small statue of the Hindu goddess of wealth Gajalakshmi has been discovered at Nagbal Lesser village in Jammu and Kashmir. The stone carving dates to the 6th or 7th century C.E.

Pre-Islamic stupa marks site of Buddhist temple

A coral stupa, a mound-like structure supposedly containing relics of the Buddha, has been discovered in Raa atoll Agolhitheemu, in the Maldives Islands off the coast of India. The stupa may prove that the site was once a Buddhist temple which was destroyed when Islam came to the island.

Khukhragarh Fort excavations shed light on 12th century Indian empire

Archaeologists working in the Bero region of Jharkhand, India have discovered the remains of Khukhragarh Fort, a 12th century stronghold of the Nagvanshi rulers. The discovery was the first concrete evidence for the existence of the dynasty.

Take a tour of the "world's only continuously lived-in fort"

What would it be like to live in a 12th century hill fort in India? Ask the 5,000 residents who still inhabit the fort in Jaisalmer in the western part of the country. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder takes visitors on a narrated tour with a slideshow.

SCA is a major consumer of rattan

The government of India has recognized that, as a crop, rattan can provide people living in poverty "with a sustainable way out of poverty, a stable source of income for growing range of micro, small and medium sized enterprises." An article on their website lists the SCA as a consumer of the crop.

Early Buddhist paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An exhibit of early Buddhist manuscript paintings from India, many on dried palm leaves, is being hosted by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm Leaf Tradition will be on display through March 22, 2009.

Music in the stone

Researchers Paul Calamia and Jonas Braasch of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered something interesting about stone pillars from Hindu temples dating to the 7th century: they can be played.

11st century Jain statue found in Pushkar, India

Archaeologists working on a site near Ajmer, India have discovered a black stone statue of Jain Tirthankar Kuntunath in a meditating posture dating to the 11th century. The statue is one of 36 discovered in old Pushkar in the past year.

[GLE] It's the End of the World

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Well, almost. If the cutoff date for the SCA is 1600, let's party like it's 1599 (will the Prince be there?). The Barony of Small Gray Bear and the proto-Canton of Southtower bring you Bombay 1599: a relaxing weekend of fun, food, and frolic.

Enjoy a weekend of fighting heavy weapons and rapier), Live Weapons, A&S (populace judged: NO documentation required), and lots of food. The Barony's own Kat the Strange is offering up an Indian "street feast" that you can eat with your hands, including Tali machli (fried fish), baigan pakora (battered & fried eggplant), fresh onion chutney, chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, shami kebab, fried bananas and much more. No, sorry... peanut butter will not be available for the fried bananas (we DON'T want to have to call Doctor Bombay). Location:
Barony of Small Gray Bear (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)

10th century Temple of Lord Vishnu discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a 10th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the village of Hathigan near Purva Khas in Karchana, India. "With the invaders having destroyed temples during the time, it is indeed rare that a beautifully carved plinth (from the temple) is still existing," said Dr DP Dubey of Allahabad University's Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology.

9th century Buddhist temple discovered in India

Workers on a construction site in Bhubaneswar, India have discovered the remains of a 9th century Buddhist monastery. Villagers have requested the preservation of the site.

Exhibit of Indian paintings at the British Museum

"Faith, Narrative, and Desire: Masterpieces of Indian painting in the British Museum" will be on display through November 11, to commemorate 60 years of Indian independence.

Raj Tents offers exotic ambience

Want a more exotic tent experience? Want to make a statement with your dining fly? Check out Raj Tents, a company which understands the romance of the tent.

"Astonishingly modern" technology marks 14th century Indian observatory

Scientists working at the 14th-century Pir Ghaib Observatory in Delhi, India were astonished to find instruments used to tell time and study the celestial skies including a "zenith tube" through which the moon could be observed.

Raj Tents

Based in India, Raj Tents manufactures elaborately-decorated pergolas, pavilions, tents, and other shelters in sizes up to 34x40 feet (10.3x12.2 meters). They offer rectangular and octagonal shelters of canvas, as well as cloth liners that can be used to dress up modern vinyl tents. The company also offers a selection of furnishings, accessories, and lighting fixtures in an Indian or Middle Eastern style.

Ancient Indian manuscripts online

The Indian government has created a website to house a database of 1.8 million ancient texts which will be searchable in both Hindi and English. "The National Electronic Catalogue of Manuscripts, Kritisampada provides information of individual manuscripts, manuscript collections and printed catalogues."

Day of the Troubadours

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The Barony of Ben Dunfirth invites one and all once again to Day of the Troubadours - The Pride of the Shah

Rockton Fairgrounds
812 Old Hwy 8,
Rockton, Ontario
L0R 1X0

Saturday, November 11, 2006
9 am open, 10:30 close

Site fees: $9 adults, $5 students (13-18) and $3 children (5-12), Feast $14, students and children $8.00, children under 5 free. (Non-member surcharge of $4 will be in effect) Location:
Barony of Ben Dunfirth (Rockton, Ontario)

Rajahs-on-the-Red Photos Online

Faerisa has posted photos from the recent Rajahs on the Red, an Indian-themed event, held in Castel Rouge in the Kingdom of Northshield.

Rajahs on the Red: A Journey to Medieval India

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Escape to a time of magic and mystery in the fabled lands of Hindustan. Join your fellow travellers at the Rajah's court and marvel at the wonders on display.

Highlights: Performance by the Manohar Indian Dancers Henna tattoos Mahabharata Tournament (heavy fighting) Indian Bazaar Astrological consultations Raffle Feast

Friday Evening: Pre-Event Archery Tourney

Sunday Post-Event Activities: Tour of the new Hindu Temple Tour of Sage Garden Herbs Location:
Barony of Castel Rouge (Winnipeg, Manitoba)