Kharavela was the mighty king of Kalinga who rebuilt the empire destroyed by Ashoka and greatly expanded its territory. Yet we know so much about him from so little – just 17 lines of text inscribed in the Udayagiri caves in Odisha. Catch the story of this powerful but enigmatic ruler whose legacy lives on to this day
As the Mauryan empire fell, a clutch of small states emerged that vied for dominion. They may not have succeeded in their ambitions, but this interlude, set the stage for regional variations, visible even today. Revisit these lost local ‘kingdoms’ in North India.
Around 2,000 years ago, what were Indians doing on a remote island that looks straight out of a sci-fi movie? A series of mysterious inscriptions in a cave on Yemen’s Socotra Island tells their story, which echoes in coastal Gujarat even today