A demon who appeared in disguise of a brahmin at Yudhishthira’s royal ordination and accused him of having obtained his kingdom through the death of relatives and teachers. Charvaka was a friend of Duryodhana and was burned to ashes by those performing the ordination.
A demon who appeared in disguise of a brahmin at Yudhishthira’s royal consecration and accused him of having obtained his kingdom through the death of relatives and teachers. Charvaka was a friend of Duryodhana and was burned to ashes by those performing the consecration.
Author of Arthashastra, a treatise on ideal governance. He is also called Kautilya.
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Four diplomatic techniques to solve problems.
Saama – pacifying
Daana – compensation, bribery
Bheda – dividing, sowing discord
Danda – punishment
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For what we call caste today, varna, colour, is used in ancient scriptures.
The four varnas are:
Brahmana – Clergy, Intellectuals – the cleric power. The head thinks.
Kshatriya – Regents, Warriors – the mundane power. The arms protect.
Vaishya – Farmers, Merchants. The thighs bear.
Shudra – Workers. The feed support.
In the myths the king and his adviser, a sage, appear. Together they govern the empire.
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A king, father of Chitrangada. Arjuna had a son with her, Babruvahana.
Love birds – two ducks who, when the sun has gone down, feel separated from each other and just wait for sunrise all night.
Shishira – Early spring, Magha, Phalguna – January/February, February/March.
Vasanta – Spring, Chaitra, Vaishaka – March/April, April/May.
Grishma – Summer, Jyeshtha, Ashadha – May/June, June/July.
Varsha – Rainy season, Shravana, Bhadrapada – July/August, August/September.
Sharada – Autumn, Ashvina, Karttika – September/October, October/November.
Hemanta – Winter, Margashirsa, Pausha – November/December, December/January.
With Amavasya (new moon) Shuklapaksha, the bright, waxing phase of the moon begins.
With Purnima (full moon) Krishnapaksha, the dark, waning phase of the moon begins.
The cycle is Amavasya – Shuklapaksha – Purnima – Krishnapaksha.
The milky way.
Akashaganga is the mythological name.
Akasha is the element ether, the heavenly space. Ganga flowed through it when she came down to earth.