Indian coins have a rich history. For its artistic merit, its variety spanning across diverse regions, for its beautiful symbolism and for the legacy it has left on subsequent coinages across various parts of the world, Indian currency ranks as one of the great coinages of the world! Here are 7 incredible facts about Indian coins that are sure to make us proud of our coin heritage.Read more
Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds who at a young age managed to establish the largest empire the ancient world had ever seen. By 326 BCE, Alexander had successfully conquered territories as far as the north-western frontier of India.Read more
Coins were first minted in India sometime around 600 BCE. While Indian coinage itself may have been inspired by trade with Persia, the mode of manufacturing of the coins was indigenous. Small ingots of silver with three circular dots represent the earliest forms of coinage. These were followed by heavy bent bars of silver with a punch on either side.Read more
In the 4th century BCE, a paradigm shift in political ideology and ambitions inspired a number of remarkable men across the world to don the role of influential political and military leaders.One such leader was Chandragupta Maurya, who inspired by the prospect of building a large Indian empire and guided by his mentor Chanakya, overthrew the king of Magadha.Read more
Today, the world celebrates the 149th anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, one of the greatest persons to have walked the face of the Earth.
Gandhi was a little man in a loincloth that was a giant amongst men. He single-handedly took on an empire, without casting a stone or firing a bullet - but by merely marching, fasting, and organising passive resistance.
The Kushans were nomadic people who migrated from China sometime in the first century CE. They carved out a large empire covering Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India which endured for more than 2 centuries. One of the most interesting aspects of the Kushan Empire was its spirit of cultural assimilation.Read more
Goddess Durga, is worshipped as a warrior goddess, whose image centres around combating demonic forces that threaten peace and prosperity. Durga is depicted as a Goddess riding a lion or tiger, with many arms each carrying a weapon.She has a significant following all over India, Bangladesh and Nepal.Read more
The Mysore Dussehra festival has a long history dating back to the 14th century during the reign of the Vijayanagara rulers. This tradition was continued by the Wodeyar Rajas of Mysore who turned it into a spectacle of unparalleled grandeur. In 1610, at Srirangapatnam, Raja Wodeyar I, reintroduced the Vijayanagar tradition of celebrating Navaratri, ensuring that the nine days were an amalgamation of piety and festivity.Read more
The Tirupati Balaji Temple is situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be constructed over a period of time starting from 300 AD.Read more
Diwali or Deepawali is also known as the Festival of Lights. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps ('deepams') that Indians light outside their homes to celebrate this occasion. The festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.Read more
After the collapse of the Mauryan Empire around the end of the 2nd century BCE, a number of small kingdoms were established all over North India. In southern India, however, three major dynasties, the Cheras, the Cholas and the Pandyas, (who were never under Ashoka’s rule) continued as powerful rulers.Read more