Ancient India

Ancient India history is a magnificent record of a rich cultural heritage. India since ages have been a melting pot of cultures and civilizations starting from the advent of the Aryans and ending with the British rule.

These contacts have created a unique blend of culture which is manifested in the diversity of India. The  Importance of Ancient India history lies in the following:

›Earliest cultures : All phases of Stone Age are evident in India. Moreover Indus Valley culture and Aryan Culture have a profound bearing on contemporary Indian Society.

›Civilizations: Ancient India history is marked by a plethora of civilizations namely – Indus Valley, Mahajanpadas, Mauryas, Bactrians, Shakas, Kushans, Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas, Guptas, Satvahanas, Chalukyas, Pallavas, Rashtrakutas, Palas, Pratiharas etc.

›Crucible of ethnic groups: Various racial, cultural and ethnic groups have been assimilated into culture since ages.

›North South integration: One of the key ingredients for north south integration is the role religion. Vedic religion, Buddhism and Jainism have played a crucial role in this regard.

›Literatures: Ancient India History is characterized by a host of literature namely – Vedas,Upanishads, Brahmanas, Aranyaks, Puranas, Tripitakas, Jaina texts

›Impact of Buddhism and Jainism: These religions brought not only a new philosohical outlook but also far reaching social, political, cultural and economic implications.

›Bharatvarsha: India inherits the name Bharat from an Aryan Tribe that existed in the 10th century B.C.

›The epics: Ramayan and Mahabharat. Though not written in 1 stroke, but definitely give valuable insights into Ancient Indian life.

›Relevance of past to the present

›Roots of the prejudices

›Study of the obstacles that hamper development of the country.

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Jainism – At A Glance

Introduction There is a considerable variation regarding the origin of Jainism between historians and Jaina traditions. According to historians Jainism originated due to similar reasons and conditions in which Buddhism […]

Buddhism – Simplified

Buddhism – Basic Introduction Buddhism UPSC preparation has to be done with a special strategy for it is an extremely vast area of study. Buddhism, as philosophy and way of […]

Alexander’s Invasion Of India

Alexander’s Invasion Of India – Introduction Of the many turning points of Indian history, Alexander’s Invasion Of India undoubtedly is one of the most conspicuous. Just as the Iranian invasion […]

  Iranian Invasion Of India

                         Iranian Invasion Of India – Background The Iranian Invasion Of India marked the beginning of foreign invasions on India. The Iranians were from the Achaemenid Empire. As a […]

The Cheras

The Cheras also known as the Kerelaputras was one of the 3 prominent dynasties that ruled in South India. The other 2 being – The Cholas and The Pandyas.

The Cholas

( Emblem – Tiger) The Cholas – An Introduction The Cholas, who ruled South India were a formidable force with a rather chequered history due to their repeated appearing and […]

The Pandyas

( Emblem  — Fish) The Pandyas – An Introduction The ancient kingdom of the Pandyas, with its capital at Madurai, comprised the modern districts of Madurai, Ramnad, Tirunelveli and southern […]

The Sangam Age

(300 BC to 200 AD) Introduction To The Sangam Age     Among all the classical ages that existed in India, The Sangam Age holds a distinctive position. The Sangam Age […]

 Later Vedic Age

(1000 BC – 600 BC) Introduction To Later Vedic Age     Later Vedic Age witnessed the complete subduing of the fertile plains watered by Yamuna, Gangas and Sadanira by the […]

Rig Vedic Period

(1500 BC – 1000 BC) Introduction Rig Vedic Period is that period of Indian History which has profound implications on contemporary Indian society. A characteristic feature of the Rig Vedic […]