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Book – Science of Ancient Hindus by Dr. Alok Kumar

Book Title “Science of Ancient Hindus” is written by Dr. Alok Kumar, an Indian American professor of physics at the State University of New York Oswego. About the book from Oswego website  “Sciences of the Ancient Hindus” describes many discoveries and advances of the ancient inhabitants of the country now known as India . Maintaining that these people have been widely known as Indians primarily in the 250 years since the British colonized the region, Kumar prefers the name Hindus for the inhabitants of the Indus-Sarasvati region, which has variously been called Hind, Hindustan, Bharat and India . The concepts of zero, the atom, and Earth as a planet that moves through the universe all appear in Hindu science long before they were proposed in Europe, he explains, and the ancient Hindus developed detailed knowledge of human anatomy, devising cataract surgery and skin grafting, for example. “The science of ancient India is a subject of great richness, far too often overlooked,

Tanginath Dham – Tanginath Mandir at Gumla in Jharkhand – Tanginath Shiva Temple

Tanginath Dham is a very popular and powerful temple dedicated to Shiva at Gumla in Jharkhand. As per local belief, the original Tanginath Mandir was constructed by Shiva Himself. A trident and Shivling are worshipped in the main temple. The temple complex is strewn with numerous murtis and temple artifacts. Tanginath Shiva Temple is located atop a hill and is around 50 km from Gumla. Shiva is worshipped here as Tanginath because local legend has it that Shiva installed his trident here. He then took the form of a common man and roamed around with a spade – tangi in local language. A legend has that Tanginath Baba was challenged by a local king to build a temple overnight. Baba started the construction of the temple and was about to complete it before sunrise. But the king, who was a magician, turned into to a cock and gave the morning call. Baba thought it was morning and as he could not complete the temple, He pushed it down with his foot. When Shiva realized