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Why was there a significant development in theoretical science and not in experimental sciences, in ancient India? [closed]

In ancient India, there was significant developments in theoretical science, such as in mathematics and astronomy, and in technology such as in metallurgy, but there was very little development of ...
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Why didn't invaders of India ever cross into Myanmar and beyond (east)?

All the foreign invaders, coming from the west, that I know of which invaded India (i.e. Delhi Sultanate, Mughals, Suri Empire, Ghurid Empire, Mamluk Dynasty, etc.) stopped around the Bengal area. ...
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Who was the real beginner of Lord Ganesha festival?

Introduction Ganesha is one of the most well-known and loved gods in Hinduism and is admired by most members of a Hindu family. Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the most popular festivals in India brings ...
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What was the reason behind the death of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj?

There are many novels about King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Nobody knows the exact reason of his death. It has been written tentatively in those novels. Somebody says he died due to Tuberculosis, ...
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What is the historical accuracy of birth of lord Sri Krishna

Online suggests that birth of lord Sri Krishna is 4th millineum BC at the below link https://www.booksfact.com/history/sri-krishna-life-events-dates-born-18-june-3229-bce.html but it is mentioned ...
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History of Moti Masjid

Who built the Moti Masjid? Google says it's Sahjahan who built it, but Wikipedia says it was built by Jahangir. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moti_Masjid_(Red_Fort) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Does anyone have an example of the Tamil elephant symbol?

It has been written then the elephant was the royal emblem of the Ay Dynasty and flag of their kingdom, and that the symbol was taken over by the Chera dynasty after their conquest of the Ay Kingdom. ...
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What was the origin of caste system in India and how it proliferated?

What was the first society/civilisation which started caste system in India and when did they start, and why was it even introduced into the society? What was that benefit or advantage of this system ...
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Where can we find the works by Chanakya?

Did Chanakya write his teachings in any book? If yes did they existed till a time when historian can find that and interpret that history into modern day languages and lastly how can we read his ...
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What was the military equipment of a soldier of the Cholan Empire at its peak?

Well from what I've read, there is no specific mention to the sorts of equipment used by a Cholan soldier. There's really only info about how the army was structured. From descriptions of armies of ...
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What is the earliest evidence of vocation and birth based social stratification?

The caste system in India as practiced today has several layers of complexities, mostly undesirable ones. But it's a reality. Now, it's commonly accepted that the Indus Valley civilization involved ...
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What was Mohenjo-Daro's “lower town”?

I was reading about Mohenjo-daro sites in current day Pakistan. The text talked about something called "lower town". What is lower town in that context? "Kalibangan is situated on the left bank of ...
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Was Hindu society at one point more liberal than current western society when it comes to life partners?

I had this question when researching Hindu mythology, but now I'm curious from historical point of view also. Hinduism seems to have supported open marriages at one point. I have heard stories about ...
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Where can I find historical data of changes in the population of Buddhist followers since Ancient India?

I need some sources regarding the changes in the size of Buddhist populations since the death of Gautama Buddha, e.g. the number of Buddhists in what is modern day India from 410 BC until now, or just ...
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Evidence of Iron Age migrations into India (1000-600)

I was reading a History of India by Michael Edwardes. It says that by 600 B.C., the northwest had been closed off to invaders. It made me wonder about migrations up to this period. I only know about ...
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Before the discovery of India, was it self sufficient in all areas?

As per the history books, India was discovered from Europe by Vasco da Gama. I just want to know was India self sufficient in all the areas like food, military, medicine and other materials, stuff ...
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Did St Thomas really come to India?

St Thomas, the apostle is said to have visited India in 52 AD and died in 72 AD in India as per history books. But looks like this event has no proof before 16th century AD. So, my questions are: Did ...
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Does the appearance of cremation support the Aryan Migration theory?

Aryan invasion theory supporters usually say that the practice of using cemetery appears in the late Harrappan period, i.e., in 1900 BC and before that many burials were found. The Vedic practice is ...
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Relationship between Alexander, Chandragupta Maurya and Seleucus. [closed]

How Alexander, Chandragupta Maurya and Seleucus were related to each other?
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What did ancient countries call themselves? [closed]

Especially non-European nations -- I'm under the impression that the names given to these countries, e.g. "the Maurya Dynasty", "the Qin Dynasty", "the Akkadian Empire", "the Old Kingdom of Egypt", ...
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Navaratnas(9 Gems) of legendary emperor of ancient India Vikramaditya

Were there any criteria on which a person could become one of the Navratnas of Chandragupta Vikramaditya or Chandragupta-ll I have found another source about the Navaratnas. You can refer here
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Oldest manuscript of Arthashastra

Wikipedia page for Arthashastra states that three manuscripts have been recovered in the modern era for Kautilya's Arthashastra. One in 1905 which was identified by R. Shamasastry, and the other two ...
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Which port did Alexander board his ship from, while returning from the Indian campaign?

When Alexander was forced by his army to abandon the Indian campaign and to turn back, he took the sea route, whereas he ordered the army to cross the Gedrosian desert. Which ancient (and/or modern) ...
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Was it common in ancient India for kings to take care of midgets?

The 13th century Hindu philosopher Vedanta Desikan, in this excerpt from his work the Rahasyatraya Sara, describes how the god Vishnu in his incarnations pretends to be distressed out of playfulness ...
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Are there any references to entombed animals in Ancient India?

The 13th century Hindu philosopher Arulnandi Shivacharya wrote a work called the Shiva Jnana Siddhiyar, which among other things contains a refutation of Buddhist philosophy. In this excerpt, various ...
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Birth date of Adi Śankaracharya

When was Sri Ādi Śankaracharya born exactly? In Wikipedia and elsewhere there have been controversial dates, one claiming a birth in the 5th century B.C. and another around A.D.730-780. Why is there ...
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Who introduced coins in India?

Which King or Kingdom first introduced the coins in India for trading (internal or external)?
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Did Emperor Pushyamitra Shunga persecute Buddhists?

Did Emperor Pushyamitra Shunga persecute Buddhists?
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Who were Dalits and Brahmins in ancient India before law of Manusmriti was imposed on Indian society?

From thousands of year Indian society was run by the law of "Manusmriti". Indian society is based on caste system in which Brahmins are at the top most position where dalits are at the least position ...
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How did ancient Dravidians tell the time?

Before the invention of clocks people used devices such as sundials, sandclock etc to know the time. Wikipedia gives you the measurements once used by south Indians (time,area, weight). My doubt is ...