Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

The Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana, says that Sri Lanka was created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven. Another lore has it that after Lord Shiva married Parvati, he instructed Vishwakarma to construct Lanka so that the couple might reside there, says cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

The quaint history of Ceylon General Railway

The quaint history of Ceylon General Railway

The railways came to Sri Lanka about twelve years after it they did in neighboring India. The beginning was rough with many odds stacked against the project. But with the help of a Briton, W F Faviell, who had previously built a railway in India, railway construction got underway in the island colony in right earnest.

Laying rail tracks in colonial Ceylon was a daunting task

Laying rail tracks in colonial Ceylon was a daunting task

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajapai Colombo, April 3 (newsin.asia): It was the French classic adventure novelist Jules Verne, who in his acclaimed novel Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days) proposed the idea of technology connecting vast stretches of the world in the 19th century. He said through a discussion with the main protagonist, Phileas...

Wooden dolls of Sri Lanka from ancient to modern times

Wooden dolls of Sri Lanka from ancient to modern times

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai A cherished exhibit on shelves in gift shops in Sri Lanka is the country’s indigenous wooden doll. There are made of single scraps of wood with the limbs painted on the torso. The head is moulded into a smooth round top on which the details of the face, the head-gear, hair, beard and moustache and bun...

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