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  • 21 Age old wisdoms of ancient India

    Our country “BHARAT” is very different and unique in all respects in whole world. Be it the tradition,culture,history,climate,language,region or religion, India has always set an example of exemplary wisdom and peace since beginning. A lot of changes though has taken place from following rituals to spending life,but there are still people who strictly follow the ancient lifestyle practices that our rishis and ancient Indian scholars used to do. You all might be aware of the things that Iam going to write down below but hardly find time to inculcate these habits in our day to day life.

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    Have a look over some wisdom points from ancient Hinduism custom that might be helpful to many of you living in today’s modern world:

    • People are advised to worship Neem and Banyan tree in the morning. Inhaling the air near these trees, is good for health.

     

    • If you are trying to look for ways for stress management, there can’t be anything other than practicing Hindu Yoga asanas and Pranayamam(inhaling and exhaling air slowly using one of the nostrils).

     

    • Hindu temples are built scientifically. The place where an idol is placed in the temple is called ‘Moolasthanam’. This ‘Moolasthanam’ is the place where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum, thus benefitting the worshipper.

     

    • Every Hindu household has a Tulasi Tulasi leaves when consumed, keeps our immune system strong to help prevent the dangerous H1N1 disease.

     

    • The rhythm of Vedic mantram, (an ancient Hindu practice), when pronounced and heard cures so many disorders of the body like blood pressure, heart disorders and insomnia.

     

    • Hindus apply the holy ash on their forehead after taking bath to removes sweat and excess water from head.

     

    • Women keep Kumkumabottu on their forehead that protects them from being hypnotised.

     

    • Eating with hands might be looked down upon in the west but it connects the body, mind and soul.

     

    • Hindu custom requires one to eat on either banana or palash leaves. This is the most eco-friendly way as it does not require any chemical soap to cleanse it and it can be discarded without harming the environment.

     

    • Piercing of baby’s ear is actually a part of acupuncture treatment. The point where the ear is pierced helps in curing asthma.

     

    • The old practice of pasting cow dung on walls and outside the house prevents various diseases as it is considered natural anti-biotic and rich in minerals.

     

    • Hindus consider drinking cow urine to cure various illnesses. Apparently, it does balance bile, mucous and air and cures heart diseases and also acts like an antidote.

     

    • The age old punishment of doing situps while holding the ears actually makes the mind sharper and is helpful for those with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

     

    • Lighting ‘deepam’ or oil or ghee lamp in temples and houses fill the surrounding with positivity and recharge your senses.

     

    • Janjam, or the string on a Brahmin’s body, is also a part of acupressure and keeps the wearer safe from several diseases.

     

    • Decorating the main door with ‘Toranamu'- a string of mango leaves; neem leaves and ashoka leaves actually purifies the atmosphere.

     

    • Touching the elder’s feet keeps your backbone in good shape.

     

    • Cremation or burning the dead is one of the cleanest form of disposing off the dead body.

     

    • Chanting the mantram ‘Om’ leads to significant reduction in heart rate and leads to a deeper form of relaxation with increased alertness.

     

    • Hanuman Chalisa, according to NASA, has the exact calculation of the distance between Sun and the Earth.

     

    • The ‘ShankhaDhwani’ creates the sound waves by which many harmful germs and insects are destroyed. The mosquito breeding is also affected by Shankha blowing and reduces the spread of malaria.
  • Understanding the ancient India through the eyes of cultural art and architecture

    The architecture and the traditions of India are reflected through a very vibrant past that forms an integral element in history. The ancient traditions of India form of mesh of such vital and plethoric cultural interpretations that the person viewing them is ought to feel enticed. It isn’t simply about the rich cultural history that is portrayed through this architecture, but at the same time it is all about the elemental significance of this tradition that uplifts the cultural charisma of the nation.

    The rich cultural diversity of India can be traced back to the ancient period as it is evident from the monumental ecstasy that the nation holds. The nation has been home to a number of ethnic and foreign traditions that seemingly diversified the cultural integrity on a humungous scale. Some cultures certainly played a major role in shaping the architecture that makes it across the pages of history. Let’s take a look at them.

    • The Indo-Islamic architecture

    The Indo-Islamic architecture is perhaps the most widespread form of architecture in the entire of India. It magnificently uplifts the contemporary form of art and blends it with the authentic elements of Indian architecture as well. With a blend of Islamic taste, this seemingly enterprising elemental disclosure of art entices any person that sets eyes on them.

    Persian architecture and art also forms an integral part of the architectural bliss. It provides the integrity to the art of the entire structure forming an association of details and beauty as well. The fine art credentials and the vibrant use of colours allow the portrayal to ascend beyond the conventional insight to beauty. To say the least it is emphatically mesmerising.

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    • Rajput architecture

    Rajput architecture is among the ethnic styles depicted through Indian culture and traditions. As an ethnic form of art, the architecture form depicts massive mansions and forts that provide for the royal and plethoric touch to the royalty. As the tradition had been conventionally heldup by the royals, their significance stands tall and vibrant in the cultural history of the country.

    The most enticing feature of the art form definitely transcends into the serene blend of colours and designs. The marvellous use of colour infused with the modern and contemporary blend of art makes the interiors resemble the best of royal craftsmanship.

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    • Contemporary British Art

    Withascend of the British Empire, the British form of art ascended into the Indian matrix. The art form and architectural style reflects a fusion of contemporary and modern art form. They also hold flavours of Indian monarchy to a certain extent as well. Characterised with large halls and massive doorways, these form an integral part of the rich western and contemporary culture present today.

    The form of architecture is a treat to the eyes considering the tectonic elements of class and art. The depiction of class and royalty can be felt in each step owing to beautiful garden area and parks that make the places substantially elemental in terms of the visual enticement.

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