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  • If you were a craftsman hailing from the Gangetic Plains, or from Assam, Bengal, or Odisha, it is quite likely that you would have celebrated Vishwakarma Puja, just towards the end of Pitra Paksha, and just before Mahalaya, the first day of Navratri

    Oct 01, 2017, 06:15 IST

  • Buddhism originated about 2,500 years ago in the Gangetic plains. It gradually spread across and beyond India. As it spread, it transformed dramatically, responding to history and geography. In China, a female Bodhisattva, Guanyin, came into being. This is her story

    Mar 05, 2017, 06:33 IST

  • Fifteen-hundred years ago, when the first Hindu temples started being built on the Gangetic plains, in the southern part of India, many great epics were composed in Tamil that tell us about different kinds of women: Shilapatikaram (Tale of the Anklet) tells the story of Kannagi, the chaste wife, and Madhavi, the courtesan; Manimekalai tells the story of Madhavi’s daughter, Manimekalai; and Kundalakeshi tells the story of a woman who loved a thief. These tales reveal much about how women were seen in those ancient times.

    Sep 13, 2015, 16:15 IST

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