Hampi was the capital of Vijaynagar Kingdom (from medieval period). Now it’s one of the World Heritage Centres in India. The ruins of the empire are spread over an area of 26 sq km. If history is what interests you then Hampi is one of the best places to Visit in India....Hampi is 13 KM from Hospet and we took a local bus (it’s frequently available). On the way you can find many ruins of the capital city of Hampi. Like most of our trips we didn’t do any Hotel booking but was carrying many hotels and guest house phone numbers.....For those interested in off the beaten track ancient history of India the ruins in Hampi, Karnataka is an important place to visit. The blog In Search of Passion has one of the best travelogue on Hampi on the net.
Monday, February 20, 2012
India is such a vast and diverse country in many facets. Culture, geography, language, politics, religion and plenty of hidden places to visit. Aceguide.blogspot.com is a nicely put together blog by a passionate Indian discovering India for himself and in the process sharing his valuable experiences and insight with the rest of the world. His aim are places rarely if ever highlighted in more mainstream publications like the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides. For travelers and those more interested in unique less of tourist traps places in India, this blog is well worth a visit before you plan an adventure in India.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I am now looking for interesting resources on Hinduism, Buddhism and mysticism on National Geographics website. So far I have found this wonderful resource on ancient Indian art. Of course National geographic is known for their superb photographs along with their articles. In this entry it is on ancient Indian art and focuses on wall paintings, sculpture and architecture in ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples such as Ellora, Ajanta caves and Brihadeeswarar Temple. I am hopeful to find more amazing resource that will enrich HinduSearchEngine.com on National Geographics website.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Villagegods.blogspot is an worthwhile effort of P.R. Ramachander, a priest who has posted stories of many small village Hindu temples of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. His research on the short stories of many obscure and small temples teaches much about the cultural attitudes of the Tamil folk when it comes to creating temples and deities. In these stories which are about the lore of the origins of such temples it can be seen how the deities 'talk' to their devotees mainly through dreams giving them instructions and directions to clear problems or calamities a village was facing. The resource has over 71 posts and is a useful site to go through if anyone needs to research Tamil or South Indian culture. Though the sentences occasionally require intuition to make out, it is understandable and the effort of the blogger should be commended.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Vikrama Adithya is a legendary and mythical King whose stories are some of the earliest in Indian literature that highlight culture and ethics. His wisdom and prowess is widely known among those born into Hindu culture and his stories told as bedtime stories by grandparents to their grandchildren. This blogspot site has one of the most comprehensive collection of Vikrama Adithya's stories. Most of these stories are still passed on by word of mouth, which makes this collection of stories on the internet precious.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The spiritual sanctuary is a collection of overview on of the world religions and creeds which also include Bahai, Humanism/Atheism, and Native American Beliefs. This site is open to sharing and connecting with other sites with the intent of helping people understand other faiths from a positive and affirming perspective. Therefore the information is not entirely objective but more based on the writers admiration of their respective faiths. The presentation is also more of a summary. It is useful for comparative religion or creed studies or to get an overview of some of the major philosophies that dominate human thinking from a more positive light.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Tattva is an online Hindu magazine geared for youth, founded Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh’s Hindu YUVA youth movement. Tattva, which means “essence or building blocks” in Sanskrit, draws inspiration from the roots of Hindu philosophy. It aims to present inspiring aspects Hindu philosophy, culture and history and current issues important to Hindu youth. It has a wealth of articles that touch on these aspects and is continually updated though its regularity can be random. It's database of articles and events by YUVA has been added in HinduSearchEngine.com's database for its good quality articles that provide resources such as philosophical discussions, yoga tips, recipes, prayers, festivals, forums and more.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Amar Chitra Katha is an Indian publication house that was a pioneer in publishing the rich body Indian myths, fables and history as comics. The comics are are well drawn and cover a vast array of Hindu, Buddhist and Indian secular literature. From mythical stories of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, fables like the Panchatantra and Jataka tales to biographies of Indian historical greats such as Mahatma Gandhi, Shivaji, Akhbar the Great and more; Amar Chitra Katha comics present a fun way to read and get to know Indian literature and stories. For the longest time the only way to get a hold of these books was by going to Indian and buying them. Slowly bookshops catering to South Asians around the world started to put them on their shelves, but it is never easy to get the books one wants unless you are in India. However now with Amar Chitra Katha's online store its entire collection is now available and shippable anywhere you may be. I have entered the entire Amar Chitra Katha online store into the stable of HinduSearchEngine's databases.