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Ashta Diggajas of Sri Krishna Devaraya’s Royal Court

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX1SQsXrW5g&t=10s The other feature of Krishna deva Raya’s court was Ashta Diggajas. Ashta Diggajas are 8 elephants. I mean there is belief that you know there are 8 elephants which actually hold the earth in different directions. Like I told you the names Pundareeka, Vamana, Anjana, and of course Airavat, the

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The Abrupt fall of Vijayanagara Empire – Causes and Consequences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g0b4ukK7d8 The Bahmani rulers realised their constant fighting against each other was going to be beneficial to the Vijayanagara Empire. They realised the other thing also. On their own they could not defeat the Vijayanagara Empire. On their own, none of them could defeat the Vijayanagara Empire. So, they decided to

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Architectural Achievements during Viajayanagara Empire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCQipG-MC0&t=8s Let’s come to the other part the architecture part. The Vijayanagara Empire, I told you, it was founded by different styles like you have the Hoysala style, the Pandya style and the Chola styles. What you call is, the Vijayanagara architecture was developed in its own distinct style. It was

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Irrigation and Water Supply System Under Vijayanagara Empire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o09oID33Hw&t=9s The greatest achievements were in the field of irrigation and water supply. When everybody goes to Hampi they see it has great temples, great palaces and all but one achievement of Vijayanagara empire is not known to many. It was of irrigation and water supply network and this is I

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Why is it important to know about Shankaracharya?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBySaPAfiJg&t=39s Understanding Bhagwan Shankaracharya is to understand the avatar parampara of Sanatana Dharma. Understanding Shankaracharya is to understand, ‘unity in diversity’. Understanding Shankaracharya is to understand, national integration, to understand social reform. Understanding Shankaracharya is to understand the revival of Sanatana Dharma. To Shankarachya parampara goes the credit of protecting Sanatana Dharma

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Accomplishments of Bhagwan Shankaracharya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-pBRf9GU1g Bhagwan Shankaracharya was 8 years old when he left his house. He took sanyas at the age of 9 years. After that what he accomplished cannot even be conceived of today. Between the ages of 12 and 16 years, Bhagwan Shankaracharya wrote commentaries on Prasthanatrayi, 3 types of Prasthaan and

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Deliberate suppression of Vivekanand’s views on conversions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFzCcbKkbtY?cc_lang_pref=eng&cc_load_policy=1 Swami Vivekanand had said, when one Hindu converts to Christianity or Islam, then not just one Hindu reduces but one more enemy of Hinduism gets born. Just this one line explains the complete philosophy, our duties. It’s been a 117 years since his death, but what have we done about

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British reports on Indian Education system during 1800s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obVouUw1KIs   Dharampal went to London on some other work and he happened to spend a lot of time in libraries there and he came across archival material of extreme significance. A series of surveys commissioned by British government in 19th century to assess the level of indigenous education in India. So,

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Why did the British impose English on India

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbcKs9dDxB8   So why did the British impose English on India? First reason was convenience: it started out with that because they didn't want to learn all the Indian languages, and they couldn't understand Indian languages. So, it was very convenient to have English speaking menials, English speaking people. So, this says,

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Knowledge transfer from India to China

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OCO41T_lHM   Now I am coming to the knowledge transfers from India to China. A large number of Sanskrit manuscripts were carried to China either by Chinese scholars or by Indian scholars hired by Chinese kings. So, we spoke earlier about Huan-Tsang and the I-Tsing. Those were the scholars who came from

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How did Hinduism led Indians to Science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqeTF_6oyRg   Rishi Kanva’s ashrama was not a single ashrama, it was a collection, an assemblage of hermitages of which he was the presiding rishi. So, a student would go to one in ashrama and specialize in one subject underthe Guru, then go to another ashrama, adjoining ashram, and get specialization in another

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Educational Heritage of Ancient India — A Talk by Sahana Singh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vviYeA4fIPM&t=2393s   So in the years that I have been living outside India, I get a lot of questions like: how is it that you Indians are motivated to study so hard? What is it that makes you study so hard? And another question I get very often is that why despite

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Vijayanagara: The City of Victory – A Talk By Ratnakar Sadasyula

The Srijan Foundation organized a talk of Sri. Ratnakar Sadasyula at New Delhi. The topic of the talk was ‘Vijayanagara: The City of Victory”.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QruuNq0w_g Transcript: - What I try to do is just bring a, give us, you know try to give us a summary and a overall idea about Vijayanagara, Fine. So the

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Timeline of 17000+ Years of Unbroken Indian Civilization — A Talk by Nilesh Nilakanth Oak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tsyzrDg2n4 Namaskar! So just talking about the mentoring on one of the forum, number of you might be aware of it. If not there is one forum called Bharat Rakshak Forum, some of you might know this, BRF. Of course you can have a handle there, it doesn't have to be your

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‘Auto da fe’ and torture methods of Goa Inquisition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Kj89dL38g   Charles Dellon has described that the palace of Inquisition was a dreaded, imposing building, that contained about 200 prison cells, many of which were dark and windowless. According to Dellon, the 2 inquisitors had their living quarters as well as their chapel in the palace. All inquisitors were nominated by

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Inquisition System in Goa – Its structure, purpose and functioning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2iYryABHbA   How was the Court of Inquisition formed? The Court of Inquisition had 2 inquisitors, both were answerable only to the King. They were appointed only by the King of Portugal. They were not answerable to the Archbishops of Goa. They were not answerable even to the Viceroy of Goa who

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European testimonials for the forced conversion of Goan Hindus

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xA1iawkw2o   So along with the systematic persecution of Hindus, the Portuguese embarked upon aggressive proselytization. But most people converted out of violence, avarice or fear. Richard Burton, the famous British traveler who had visited Goa during that time, had said that “fire and steel, dungeon and the rack, the rice pot

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Policies adopted by the Portuguese colonialists to convert Hindus to Christianity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8mrMoxzDKw&t=16s   So the Portuguese had two kinds of policies. One was to make life so difficult for Hindus that being Hindu became a huge burden, a remaining Hindu became a huge burden and on the other hand if you became a Christian you had all sorts of incentives, you had financial

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Hindu Temple destruction by Portuguese invaders in Goa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN1QQC6Oa-Q&t=44s   And this is also the time Miguel Vaz actually went to Portugal, because he realized, even the proselytization was happening in Goa, it was not happening fast enough for his comfort. So he actually went to Portugal. He convinced the King and he got a diktat, saying that, “the regime should

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The Greeks borrowed Indian Mathematic wisdom in the ancient past

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es5mva8sfnI   I would like to talk about Hipparchus and Trigonometry. Before that Surya Siddhanta contains chord tables. Aryabhatta composed, there should be only one ‘t’ over here, I apologize, it is a mistake, composed sign tables in 3.5° segments the Gian sine and cosine. Pingala and Chandasastra in 400 BCE worked

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Pythagoras and his connection to Indian Wisdom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfsYksCadmY&t=38s   Pythagoras who lived in this time frame, these gentlemen who are all westerns, Albert Burki and A. N. Marlow and G. R. S. Mead, each of them says that Pythagoras went to India where he learnt his philosophies, knowledge and other things. These are not Indic people saying this. These

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Brahmagupta, Bhaskara-I, Madhava Samgramagrama – Three pearls of Indian Astronomy and Mathematics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTQn7x0cL6w   A collection of some of our greats, Brahmagupta who studied the works of Aryabhatta, Latadeva, Varahamihira and others. He wrote the Brahmasputa Siddhanta and Khanda Katkaya transmitted by the Arabs. I’ll show that later. Solutions of linear and quadratic equations and the rules for zero operations, positive and negative numbers.

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Indian discoveries in Astronomy – A Talk by Raj Vedam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCKIhREdoiI   Some selected discoveries. Rigvedic calendar 360 days, 12x30, but average is 365 days over 6 years because of correction month. Jyotishya Vedanga records astronomical data 4000 BCE. Sage Yajnavalkya 3000 BCE, propounded the heliocentric model. Satapata Brahmana, he measured the distance from earth to sun, earth to moon at 108

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When did Kaliyuga start and the comment about Abhijit in Mahabharata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1flVV3bSoyM&t=5s   I would like to talk to you about the start of Kaliyuga. People at this point wonder what on earth am I doing, why am I talking about Kaliyuga? Well, it turns out that Kaliyuga is an absolute marker for all the Indian calendars. So, for example Aryabhatta gives his

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Keezhadi and Arikamedu excavations indicate that South Indian Civilization is older than 500 BCE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9B7Vfq16W4   In recent times we have been told about the story of Keezhadi. Keezhadi has got an exciting story behind it. Archeologists had wanted to dig in Madurai. However, Madurai is like any other Indian city; settled, very expensive land, no place to obtain land for archaeology and so on. So

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Stephen Oppenheimer’s model of Human Migration from Africa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW-hLl1TXfM   I would like to talk to you about the work of Stephen Oppenheimer who in 2003 worked on the maternal mitochondrial DNA in an effort to establish who are we as a people, the homo sapeins. His story begins somewhere in 150,000 years ago but I prefer to start the

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Indian Civilization: The Untold Story — A Talk by Raj Vedam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGyjvyXEKdc   Thank you all for attending this talk today. So I will be talking about the Indian civilization and provocatively I have a title that there is an untold story there and I hope as I progress through the talk it will become clear that there is indeed something like that. Before

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