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Teli ka Mandir, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Teli ka Mandir, also known as #Telika_Temple, is a Hindu temple located within the #Gwalior_Fort in Madhya Pradesh, India. Dedicated to #Vishnu, #Shiva and #Matrikas, it has been variously dated between the early 8th and
early 9th century CE.

It is an unusual Hindu temple, as it has a #rectangular #sanctum instead of the typical square. It integrates the architectural elements of the #Nagara style and the #Valabhi prasada that looks like the #Dravidian #wagon_vault topped #gopuram
superstructure.

The temple is based on a #Pratihara_Gopagiri style North Indian architecture.

To be continue...

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Did you know this?

This predominantly used element in Dakshina Patha Temples or #Dravidian temples is called “Naasi” (Like Nose).

It is now colloquially called #Koodu/Goodu Meaning “Nest”

This very decorative element is inspired from the pre-existing wooden Huts.
The Bigger Naasis are called “MahaNaasi”, the lesser as “AlpaNaasi”

The hollow space in center of #Naasi is called “Gaadha” which houses elements related to the presiding deity.

The Naasi is topped by a “Kirtimukha.

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An important and insightful thread (as usual) from @AshaRangappa_. She (as usual) provides excellent legal context for current events.

From the @anthropology side, a bit of calibration, since the terminology of "Aryan" & "AIT" have been misused politically in both nations:
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The part of AIT (Aryan Invasion Theory) that has been debunked is the Invasion part: #Anthropology, #archeology & related disciplines view an "invasion" of modern-day #Punjab as unsupported by evidence.

The influx of a different ethnic group was real, but probably peaceful..
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...as demonstrated by #linguistics & #genetics, the communities of Northern India & Pakistan are quite distinct from the #Dravidian ones of Southern India. That part is uncontroversial. The (dangerous) controversy is over what this all means. That's where #AIT comes in...
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Let's decode this pic tomorrow 😌 Image
I am trying to decode this picture, what I find ridiculous, unreal, fake and dramatic.. Rational objections are welcome.. Let's begin!! #thread!! Image
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The items they displayed in #Ganapathy idols were the plans and agendas of #BJP..if that is the case,u can find #kandashashtikavasam here. It's assumable, that #karupparkootam was a #trojan horse and BJP was planning to create ruckus in tamilnadu with that, Image
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Small #thread 🧵 on “The Athens of South India” and Tamil academy SANGAM - 'Madurai'

Pandyas & Madurai were well known to the Greeks and Romans (Megasthenese, Strabo 25BC, Pliny 75 AD Ptolemy 130AD mention of Madurai).

#Keeladi an excavation site fr Madurai speaks ths ImageImage
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#Keeladi on banks of Vaigai-River ws industrial area of #madurai dated back around 580 BCE determined from the excavated Artefacts
thehindu.com/news/national/…

hwvr, @RajVedam1 confident abt Keeladi 2 b 3000BC as deeper layer yet 2 b dated

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The Keeladi residents used to burry their deads (as it appears).

thehindu.com/news/cities/Ma… @ganesh_sanjana

#Keeladi were experts in Structural #Engineering. They had Plumbing System, Draining system, Water storage system,

thehindu.com/news/cities/Ma… #sunder.s. @AnithaV111 ImageImageImageImage
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Hey you Linguists -
If you are spending a large chunk of your time involved in
the language wars on Twitter - this article is for you!

Look what i found - A very interesting article on the evolution of South Indian languages.

royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rs…

#language #linguist
In the research titled
"A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family"
- researchers have tried to date the language using Bayesian analysis .
For those of you not aware - method of statistical inference in which Bayes' theorem is used to update
the probability for a hypothesis as more evidence or information becomes available.
It combines prior existing info with evidence from info in a sample to guide the statistical inference.

The study has some shortcomings
They have used the Swadesh 100 list
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One thing I've found very curious in popular discourse around language in India is that language contact is reduced to the process of loaning words; this incredibly fascinating linguistic phenomenon is reduced to its lexical aspect. This ends up obscuring all the amazing stuff
that language contact makes possible, these perspectives it offers us. Lexical borrowing is probably the least interesting form it takes, it's also the most superficial in many ways. Doesn't take much for a literary register to borrow vocab from a prestige language - the vast
volume of English words that have made it to Indian languages is a great example.

People borrow words all the time, sure, but imagine influenced by a language so much you start modeling your own *grammar* and sound systems after it. Way cooler than just borrowing words right?
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Revisiting this as I revisit #Hyderabad. The level of pervasive influence #Telugu has had on #Dakhni here is absolutely fascinating, with #Dravidian syntax patterns borrowed. Even echo compound formation is from Dravidian, ie /g/ based - local #Urdu sūṭ gīṭ (suits & the like).
An imp distinction to made here - #Urdu infl on local #Telugu is limited to vocab, while #Dakhni actually shows grammatical convergence with Telugu (#Dravidian syntax patterns etc), a much deeper level of infl, giving us many distinctive #Hyderabadi-isms.

Here's an everyday ex of how #Hyderabadi #Urdu has converged with #Telugu grammatical patterns.

The sūṭ gīṭ ex mentioned earlier is another. #Dravidian langs use /g/to form echo pairs, which #Dakhni uses too - Northern Urdu uses /v/, ex khānā vānā.

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While *most* South Asian Muslims use #Persian terms for religious concepts, Muslims in #TamilNadu & #Kerala (who trace their roots to Arab trading communities) have distinct traditions also reflected in their terminology, which freely draws from #Tamil/#Malayalam & #Sanskrit.
Instead of rozā, the #Persian term for Islamic fasting (itself a translation of #Arabic ṣawm) used in #Urdu, #Bengali, #Gujarati etc, #Tamil & #Malayalam speaking Muslims use nōmpu, lit. ceremonial fasting. The word is from a proto #Dravidian root meaning to do penance. #Ramadan
Sanskrit is used too. #Malayalam speaking Muslims commonly refer to #Ramzan as puṇya māsam, #Sanskrit for month of good merit. Nimskāram, the Malayalam counterpart of the #Persian namāz (Islamic prayer), is from #Sanskrit namaskāra (lit. prostratration, here, to a god). #Ramadan
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I legit can't get over how linguistically cool #Telangana #Telugu #Dakhni #Urdu bilingualism in #Hyderabad is. Pretty much everyone brought up there seems to speak both. Code switching galore. Unique too, coz the langs (#Dravidian & #IndoAryan) aren't related & it's a metro city.
The native speaker split is almost even, close to 50 50. What's even cooler (& more exciting) is the strong, pervasive influence #Dravidian #Telugu has had on #IndoAryan #Hyderabad's #Dakhni #Urdu - structural, phonological, syntactical, and lexical, basically, on all levels.
Lots of grammatical, syntactical features in #Hyderabad's #Dakhni #Urdu are basically direct translations of #Dravidian patterns in #Telugu. The local Telugu dialect however, only features loans from Dakhni - clearly a *highly* asymmetrical #languagecontact relationship.
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