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The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is set to undertake an archaeological exploration into whether the Ram Sethu is a natural or man-made phenomenon
Know about ICHR from prelims perspective (click here).
Rama Setu, also known as Adam’s Bridge is a chain of limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. – Locate all the places mentioned in the atlas.
Reminder- Buddhism is an all time favourite of UPSC in prelims. Do prepare it well. The points mentioned can be used in ethics paper. ‘Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world’- a statement from ethics syllabus.
An art and culture trivia. Also prepare about the river Brahmaputra- tributaries, its course etc. every year, at least one question is seen in prelims on one river or the other. Revise the Brahmaputra from here.
Q. Which of the following is/are tributary/tributaries of Brahmaputra? [Prelims 2016]
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Q. Consider the following rivers [Prelims 2015]
Which of the above are tributaries of Godavari?
a) 1,2 and 3
b) 2,3 and 4
c) 1,2 and 4
d) 2 and 3 only
Not very important. Can be a prelims trivia- the names of dynasties and where they ruled etc.
Very important for prelims. See b2b carefully and note all the terms and their meanings, though the mechanism details are not important. Also revise about the Indus Valley Civilisation and cultural aspects for pre and mains both. UPSC has asked many questions from these areas.
Artificial Intelligence and the Deep Neural Networks
Factual, but very important for prelims. Bookmark it and revise later.
Parallel culture in the fertile plains
Important for prelims. Though such questions on recent excavations have not yet been seen, UPSC can ask them looking at the trend of factual trivia in Prelims 2016. In mains also there have been questions related to Harappan period. So do go back and revise it from culture and ancient history book.
Note the bold words- important for prelims.
Ministry of Culture has following four Missions.
Objectives of NMMA:
National Mission on Libraries:
(i) Creation of National Virtual Library (NVLI),
(ii) Setting up of NML Model Libraries,
(iii) Quantitative & Qualitative Survey,
(iv) Capacity Building for library professionals
Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission:
The information is important for Prelims
Remember key points from prelims PoV.
Task for students: Locate the hills, valleys and districts mentioned in this news in your atlas or on Google maps.
This can be a prelims tit-bit.
Note4students: This is very important from prelims perspective.
About the Kanishka Stupa:
The factual points article are important for Prelims.
Importance of heritage:
Amendments by Ministry of Culture:
It is imperative that our governance, vision and action related to heritage comes of age. We most certainly need housing for all and enough space to park our cars. We need improved communication technologies. But we don’t need multi-storeyed apartment blocks or parking complexes stuck to the walls of Humayun’s Tomb, just like we don’t need cellphone towers atop the Charminar. We wouldn’t mind walking a few 100 metres more or not having mobile connectivity for a few minutes. That may prove to be the healthier way out.
UPSC can ask on small factual points in this op-ed and a question in Mains GS paper 1 cannot be ruled out.
NCT OF DELHI
JAMMU & KASHMIR
CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE & CUSTOMS (CBEC)
MINISTRY OF MICRO, SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSME)
MINISTRY OF HOUSING & URBAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION
COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
MINISTRY OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT
This PIB release is replete with factual information important for Prelims exam.
Note it for prelims- Indian Culture.
Not very important. But as it is globally famous, it can be a tit-bit for prelims.
It can be a minor tit-bit on culture for prelims.
UPSC tends to ask questions on 25th, 50th, 100th etc anniversaries. Revise your history notes.
Guru Gobind Singh (22 Dec 1666 – 7 Oct 1708), was the 10th Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher. When his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, Guru Gobind Singh was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at age nine, becoming the last of the living Sikh Gurus.
Among his notable contributions to Sikhism are founding the Sikh warrior community called Khalsa in 1699 and introducing the Five Ks, the five articles of faith that Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times. Guru Gobind Singh also continued the formalisation of the religion, wrote important Sikh texts, and enshrined the scripture the Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhism’s eternal Guru.
This news is useful for revising history. Social reformers are an important topic from prelims and mains perspective.
News is of no importance except that it gives us a chance to learn about Sabarimala, a place frequently in the news.
Sabarimala is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat mountain ranges of Kerala. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, with an estimated over 100 million devotees visiting every year.
It is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu. The journey to the temple is taken through difficult paths in the forest.
The approval in this regard was given by an inter-Ministerial HRIDAY National Empowered Committee
This 4-day festival of thanksgiving to nature takes its name from the Tamil word meaning “to boil” and is held in the month of Thai (January-February).
The festival of Pongal is celebrated to thank the Sun, rain and farm animals.
With the investment of Rs. 4.5 crore from the Infosys foundation, restoration works at the 12th century Someshwara temple complex have begun.
Retrieved objects indicate that the site flourished between 3 century BC and 8 century AD.
Channapatna handcraft can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train local artisans in the making of the wooden toys.
The four maidams (tombs) of the Ahom Kings at Charaideo was enlisted in the tentative list of World Heritage Sites in April 2014.
Conference is a unique platform which will bring best scholars from world, to discuss the present state of Indology, its relevance and challenges faced by them.
One of India’s biggest food festival, bringing in cuisine of indigenous tribes from nearly 60 countries.
Tera Madre is a network of Indigenous food communities involved in promotion of Indigenous culture as well as conservation of biodiversity.
“Spirit of universality found in Upanishads are particularly relevant to the 21st century”
Inclusiveness and universality that are found in the Vedanta and the Upanishads are the prime features of Indology.
Archaeologists found five temple complexes defining Jaina identity at Chikkabetta of Artipura in Mandya district
The festival known as Bathukamma is Telangana’s floral festival, traditionally celebrated by women across the state.
The ICHR has proposed mapping the journey of science and technology from the earliest times to the 18th century.
The award recognises the remarkable conservation effort undertaken at the sacred site which employed age-old rituals and conservation techniques drawn from VastuSastra focussing on architecture and construction.
Xieng Thong Temple in Luang Prabang (LAOS)won the Award of Merit-1st site to bag the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award.
What’s the importance of this temple?
Covered a few lesser known caves and left a few gaps for you guys to fill up.
List out the caves which made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
UNESCO identifies World Heritage Sites as places that belong to all the people of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. This means, these places are considered to be of immense cultural and natural importance in the world.
With the latest entry of The Great Himalayan National Park and Rani ki Vav, India now has 32 of these!
You might know most of them but we have a hunch that you might not know these 4!
Here is a cheat sheet of sorts. Handy for quick revision. More to come. In case we missed some *strategic* info – feel free to add in the comments.
What are we looking for here?
The picture in the middle is of a famous temple which witnessed an infamous stampede in 2008. You know the gentlemen on the either side, already!
Identify the temple and identify the architectural marvel which connects all 3 of them.
The Mehrangarh Fort
Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” showed the underground chambers of a dark dingy prison. That was shot here at Mehrangarh Fort.
Chamunda Mata temple had a stampede in 2008 because a bomb scare (@mehrangarh) had set people off. Rao Jodha – the founder of Jodhpur.
Working out the Clues
Shahid Kapoor – Actor in the movie Haider
Anupam Kher – Kashmiri Pandit (They collectively agitated)
Konark Temple – The only other Sun temple in India (Odissa)
The Martand Sun Temple.
1. The Sun Temple, build in 370 AD, has historic and religious significance for the Hindu community as it is one of the only two Sun Temples in India, with the other one in Konark in Odisha.
2. The Sun Temple in Kashmir is facing West which attains greater significance in the Hindu scriptures. Why?
3. It can be said it was an excellent specimen of Kashmiri architecture, which had blended the Gandhara, Gupta, Chinese, Roman, Syrian-Byzantine and Greek forms of architecture.
PS: The temple appears in the list of centrally protected monuments as Kartanda.
The temple was designed to grasp the first rays of the rising sun and to spotlight the waters after sunset. In the words of Percy Brown, Shore Temple served as “a landmark by day and a beacon by night”.
The Apsidal Durga temple: If it’s not dedicated to the goddess Durga, then who is it dedicated to?
PS: The temple also breaks an interesting myth that the ‘apsidal’ architecture was buddhist in its origin. It was prevalent in Ajivikas, Jains & Hindus.
Did you know? Excavations at Sanchi began in somewhat disorganized fashion until the Archaeological Survey of India stepped in and took control.
Ques – When & under whose leadership was the ASI founded & who was the Gov-General of India at that time?
The Mahabodhi Temple (Literally: “Great Awakening Temple”), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment.