Indian Culture And Heritage

Indian Culture

Indian culture is an amalgamation of mixed culture. It is a land that claims the birth of many religions. Hindu, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc.. all were born here.

 India was truly coined as “The Golden Bird”, because of its rich Indian culture.

There are many cultural sites, places, cuisines, movies which signifies the richness of Indian culture.

Now we will ponder over a few topics

1. What is culture?

2. What is Heritage?

3. Indian Culture at a glance

4. Indian Culture in the Global World

5. The Importance of studying Indian Culture

So let set go!

What is culture?

Culture is a collection of ideas, customs, social behaviour, art and other manifestations of human achievements of a particular society or people.

What we mean by culture in simple English is the language, religion, dance, music, architecture, food and customs.

In India, there is a mixed combination of cultures that are observed from one region to another region. You won’t find the same culture across the whole of India whereas you find the same culture in other countries or some continent.

For example, In North India, there is this tradition of celebrating Diwali (one of the main festivals in Hindu religion) with great joy. Whereas in eastern India Durga Puja is celebrated with similar fashion (another important festival in Hindu religion).

In South India, Pongal celebrated with great joy. So, we see that there is a mixed variety of cultures from region to region.

Not only in the Hindu religion but even Muslims in India also celebrate Eid, Moharrum with great joy.

Different religions observed in India
Different Festivals observed in India

Even cuisines differ from region to region.

What is heritage?

Heritage in simple English can be coined as Tradition which has been practised throughout many generations.

India is a land of mixed heritage also. One can observe that in India the tradition of celebrating a festival in one region is different from another region.

 During the festival, the cuisines which are prepared by the people residing in a region also varies from cuisines prepared by people residing in other regions.

Traditional cuisines across India
Traditional Indian Cuisine

In India, one can find different cuisines available in different regions.

Indian Culture at a Glance

India is a country of a mixed culture. People of different religions, different ethnicities reside here. The tradition followed in North India varies from South India.

 The clothes, languages, scripts are all part of the great Indian Culture.

In India, there are a total of 27 different languages spoken, which is considered as the highest in a country! Interestingly, as India is declared a Secular country as per the Constitution of India. Each and every language is considered as the official language in India.

The great Indian Culture starts from the early civilization which was considered as the Ancient age. Early civilization in India dates back to Harappa and Mohenjo Daro Civilization, which are considered by many Historians as the early civilization ever existed in India!!

Later, down the line when the richness of Indian civilization flourished and spread to other parts of the world, many foreign rulers planned to capture the country and they did.

Eg. Alexander the Great conquered North-West India,

The Delhi Sultanate, in the Medieval period, conquered many parts of India. Along with them, Islamic culture was brought in India and it flourished in the country.

The Indian Culture enriched during the Sultanate and the Mughal Period.

Even the British came to trade in India and on seeing the enrichment of the mixed Indian culture, decided to stay and rule this beautiful country. The British conquest in India and its dominion over here was the longest for almost 190 years.

Indian Culture in the global world

Indian Culture has great significance in the global world. It is so because of the enrichment of the culture, the language, the tradition of the people and many more are of great importance.

Even, many emperors felt that tradition, religion, customs etc.. should be spread to other worlds and should be followed so as to give importance to it.

Emperor Asoka sent his children to southern Asia to spread Buddhism. Even many of his followers traveled to Afghanistan to spread the importance of Buddhism.

Many Hindu temples are found in Southern Asian countries like Java, Sumatra, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Shiva temple in South East Asian Countries
Shiva temple in Sumatra, South East Asia
World heritage site of Standing Buddha, Bamiyan (in Afghanistan) which was destroyed by Taliban in March, 2001
Standing Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

 Hindu texts available in many libraries help students to gather knowledge about the Indian culture.

This leads to our final part

The Importance of studying Indian Culture

Indian culture is a mixed culture that is nowhere to be found.

Many religions exist here and all have equal weightage.

Many universities offer courses in Indian literature and encourage students from outside countries to study, acquire the knowledge of Indian culture.

Many Museums, historical places are being promoted by the Indian Government to understand the way people practiced their traditions, different Indian cultures across the time period.

It helps to understand how the tradition varied from one period to another period.

Taj Mahal, one of the finest architecture in Indian Culture.
Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world

Different regions in India showcase their enrichment in architecture, literature, songs, cuisines and their lifestyle.

Charminar built by Nizam of Hyderabad
Charminar in Hyderabad

So, what are you waiting for?? Book a ticket, come here and observe the glory of Indian Culture.

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