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Jatakas as Valuable Source Of Information On Ancient India

The Jataka Tales form part of the immense literature that ancient India had gifted to us. In the words of Dr. Winternitz, “The Jatakas were of inestimable value, not only as regards literature and art, but also from the point of view of history of civilization for the period of the 3rd century BC.” This […]

India’s National Emblem

The state emblem depicts four lions, standing back to back. It is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Carved out of a single block of polished sandstone, the capital is crowned by the Wheel of the Law (Dharma Chakra). The Lion Capital was erected in the third […]

Buddhist Councils

Six Buddhist councils have been convened. Here is a short description: First Buddhist Council: 400 BC Held soon after the mahaparinirvana of the Buddha, around 400 BC under the patronage of king Ajatshatru with the monk Mahakasyapa presiding, at Rajgriha, in the Sattapani Cave. The idea was to preserve Buddha’s teachings (Sutta) and rules for […]

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