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INCREDIBLE INDIA - Season 1

EPISODE 3  E2 Buddha

Non Fiction | 03 mins | 5+

CONTENT LANGUAGE
Hindi

After years of attack and desctruction, Mulagandhakuti Vihara was finally restored in 1931 and adorned with beautiful murals, a two-tonne bell, and a gold-painted Buddha statue amongst other ornaments. This temple in Sarnath is dedicated to the sage and spiritual guru Lord Buddha, on whose profound teachings the religion of Buddhism was formed.

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E1 Banaras Hindu University
04 Min

E1 Banaras Hindu University

Dr Vishwanath Pandey speaks about the achievements of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, a visionary of modern India. Pandit Malaviya, who founded Banaras Hindu University in 1916 and helped Indians become self-reliant and gain self-confidence through his contributions in the field of education. His thoughts and actions changed the course of history in India.

E2 Buddha
03 Min

E2 Buddha

After years of attack and desctruction, Mulagandhakuti Vihara was finally restored in 1931 and adorned with beautiful murals, a two-tonne bell, and a gold-painted Buddha statue amongst other ornaments. This temple in Sarnath is dedicated to the sage and spiritual guru Lord Buddha, on whose profound teachings the religion of Buddhism was formed.

E3 Classical Gharana
09 Min

E3 Classical Gharana

In Hindustani music, a gharana is a system of social organization linking musicians or dancers by lineage or apprenticeship, and by adherence to a particular musical-style. A gharana also indicates a comprehensive musicological ideology which sometimes changes substantially from one gharana to another. This directly affects the thinking, teaching, performance and appreciation of music.

E4 Dom Raja
05 Min

E4 Dom Raja

According to Hindu beliefs, the fire and the burning at the cemetery grounds in Banaras liberates one from the everlasting cycle of life and death. Dom Raja Jagdish Chaudhary is the keeper of this sacred flame revered by all Hindus. He offers an insight into his work, which may appall many, but is sealed to become his life and the fate of future generations of his family.

E5 Ganga Aarti
03 Min

E5 Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti is performed every sunset on Dashashwamedh Ghat, the main ghat in Banaras. There are many Hindu legends associated with the ghat, including the most-well known one that Lord Brahma himself constructed the flight of steps to welcome Lord Shiva.

E6 Sant Kabir
04 Min

E6 Sant Kabir

Sant Kabir was one of the most revered saints of his time. His criticism of meaningless rites of initiation in Hinduism and Islam brought about a revolutionary change in Indian society. Both the educated and uneducated are familiar with his teachings and can recite his couplets even today. The legacy Sant Kabir has left behind is commendable and will be remembered for many more years to come.

E7 J Krishnamurthy
06 Min

E7 J Krishnamurthy

Born in British India, Krishnamurthy was a philosopher, speaker and writer. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. Denying allegiance to any nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, he spent much of his life travelling the world, speaking to large and small groups and individuals.

E8 Lahiri Mahsya
04 Min

E8 Lahiri Mahsya

Truth can sometimes be difficult to believe, especially since its not easily perceptible. One such truth is the existence of Mahavatar Babaji, the deathless guru said to be somewhere between 5000 to 6000 years old. However, several of Babajis disciples are reported to have met him and even described these first-hand accounts in sermons, books, and pictorial illustrations. Many of these devoted disciples mahasamadhi monuments contain sacred soil from Babajis cave. One such disciple is Lahiri Mahasaya.

E9 Manikarnika Ghat
04 Min

E9 Manikarnika Ghat

Many believe that a dead human’s soul is able to find salvation or moksha when cremated at Manikarnika Ghat, one of the oldest ghats in Banaras. Yamraj, the God of Death is prohibited here, and his work of leading lost souls to their final resting place is done by Lord Shiva himself. Thus, Manikarnika Ghat is said to be the Gateway to Heaven”.

E10 Ramnagar Fort
04 Min

E10 Ramnagar Fort

Built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh, Ramnagar Fort is situated on the eastern right bank of the Ganga River, opposite the Banaras Ghats. Its prime and scenic location has made it a popular site amongst both Indians as well as foreign tourists.

E1 Kuldhara
21 Min

E1 Kuldhara

Our quest for the most beautiful abandoned places in India and the history behind them took us to Kuldhara - a vast maze-like cluster of roofless homes, bare walls, and a carpet of disjointed bricks are all that remain of what is once said to have been a prosperous village. Sitting quiet in the sand dunes of western Rajasthan, this is just one of eighty-four such abandoned villages dotting the stark landscape. A local myth tells us that these villages were of the Paliwal Bhramins who fled their homes overnight to uphold their honour because the then prime-minister of the Jaisalmer court, man called Salem Singh wanted to marry the headmans daughter against her wishes. How true this myth is, no one can tell.

E2 Chiktan
22 Min

E2 Chiktan

Far up in the Himalayas, a couple of hours drive from the border town of Kargil, further north from the grand Srinagar-Leh Highway lie the ruins of what once must have been a majestic fort. Rumoured to be taller and older than its famous cousin - the Leh Palace, the Chiktan fortress is shrouded in many mysteries. Legends of its making, numerous sinister and violent events, magical tales of wondrous creations and a heart-wrenching tailspin of destruction and apathy encompass the story of this fabulous fortress set in an almost fantastical location.

E3 Nyarma
22 Min

E3 Nyarma

A thousand years ago, in an age when Buddhism was prominent in Kashmir, Ladakh and Srinagar, an exceptionally visionary scholar and translator, Lochava Rinchen Zangpo, set up a world class university a kilometre away from where the famous Thiksey monastery stands today on the outskirts of Leh town. Lonely walls and silent shrines are what stand today, mute witnesses to the times when a wonder monk walked the land. There are as many contradictions to its disappearance as there are musings about the wonders it held.

E4 Lakhpat
22 Min

E4 Lakhpat

Human Life has long been intertwined with the course of rivers and their confluence with the great seas. Lakhpat is the apocalytic setting of life if the river were to disappear. Situated at the mouth of the Kori Creek from where the Sindhu once met the Arabian Sea, it is all but a fortified ghost town whose walls overlook the desert sands as it preserves within it, with infinite care, the remains of a two century old trading hub blessed by the holy men and the beloved of men of exceptional valour.

E5 Roha
21 Min

E5 Roha

In the vast territories of the Kutch, on top of a forlorn hillock stands the fort of Roha. Once the biggest jaagir in the region, it lies neglected and forgotten. A close observer in the tragic death of 120 princesses, the seat of brave rulers, home to famous artists, a once burgeoning and rich principality, this is a story of riches to ruins as tempests of fate took charge of Roha and reduced the stone fortress to whispers in the wind.

E6 Murund Janjira
23 Min

E6 Murund Janjira

The astonishment of why some places lie abandoned and in ruins does not get more perplexing than this. Off the Konkan coast of Maharastra lies the impregnable, unassailable and unconquered fort of Janjira. A fascinating history that begins with a pirate keep from which the Ethiopians carved out a stone fortress. It has held back mighty warriors like Shivaji the great Maratha champion. It lends a distinctive colour to the eclectic social fabric of the region.

E7 Gagron
21 Min

E7 Gagron

This time our quest for abandoned places and their stories took us to two different places in East Rajasthan. One, an erstwhile kings capital reduced to rubble after being ravaged by war, and the second, an unconquerable fort still standing high and proud after being torn by tragedy. Tying the two are valiant stories of a brave dynasty of Rajputs – the Khinchi Chauhans and their poignant history.

E8 Orchha
22 Min

E8 Orchha

A medieval town of palaces and temples, and while the temples still draw pilgrims by the thousands the majestic palaces lie silent. What prompted the Bundelkhandi Kings of Orchha to abandon their capital and move elsewhere? This question throws up a plethora of answers and the most intriguing one tells us of a curse that explains why this town has been abandoned twice in the past and will be abandoned once more in the years to come.

E9 Bhangarh
22 Min

E9 Bhangarh

A couple of hours drive from Jaipur, in the land of a thousand forts, the fort of Bhangarh has consistently topped the list of the most haunted place in the country. Not much is known about the fort and the entire town the lies sprawled in front of it. Rumours of curses abound and all that meets the eye is a town that appears to have been abandoned at the spur of an instant. Is there a grain of truth in its many creepy stories or can they be explained away through logic?

E10 Ramgarh - Shekhawati
21 Min

E10 Ramgarh - Shekhawati

The sleepy town of Ramgarh in northern Rajasthan is known by connoisseurs as a unique open art gallery. It is the site of several mansions made at a time when it was on the crossroads of trade routes and wealth streamed in from all directions. The cenotaphs and palatial homes painted on the outside and inside with some fabulous examples of local artwork are visually exceptional as we follow the story of what turned this cosmopolitan trade city into a sleepy unknown town overflowing with vestiges of a splendid era.

E10 Lakhamandal
22 Min

E10 Lakhamandal

Sara explores the mystical place of Lakhamandal with many stories attached to it, majorly of the escape of Pandavas from Lakshagraha, where Dyurodhan tried to scheme their death.

E9 Manu
21 Min

E9 Manu

Sara explores the story of formation of our world in the story of Manu, equivalent to Noahs Ark in western mythology, in modern day Manali, also known as Manualaya.

E8 Prashar
19 Min

E8 Prashar

Sara explores the story of Prashar Rishi and how he contained his anger by striking a blow in ground to make Prashar Lake, near Mandi, Himachal.

E7 Chintapurni
21 Min

E7 Chintapurni

Sara explores the story of Shaktipeeth and Parvatis scattered body parts, when she burns herself in Sati.

E6 Trijuginarayan
21 Min

E6 Trijuginarayan

Sara explores in Rudraprayag the story of Parvati and Shivas marriage which was supposed to have taken place in the Trijuginarayan temple.

E5 Hidimba
20 Min

E5 Hidimba

Sara explores the story of tribal Hidimbi from Mahabharata, who marries Bhima after he kills her brother and they give birth to their son Ghatotkacha.

E4 Kurukshetra
20 Min

E4 Kurukshetra

Sara explores the story of Geeta-Saar, the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, as Arjuna is faced with self-doubt, in modern day Kurukshetra.

E3 Rewalsar
21 Min

E3 Rewalsar

In the southern Himalayas, Sara explores Rewalsar, where the love of Guru Rinpoche and Princess Mandarava transformed a pyre into a sacred lake.

E2 Jhakoo
21 Min

E2 Jhakoo

Sara explores the story of finding Sanjeevani bought by Hanuman, from the hills of Shimla.

E1 Nashik
22 Min

E1 Nashik

Sara explores the story of Sita-Haran, the kidnapping of Sita by demon king Ravana and the name that got forever attached to the place Nashik.

E1 India's Natural Beauties
25 Min

E1 India's Natural Beauties

Whether you refer to Udaipur as the City of Lakes or the City of Dawn, youre sure to agree that romance and beauty fill the air. In Jaipur, we tour the Pink City, paying close attention to such architectural treasures as the Palace of Winds Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort.

E2 Hyderabad, The Lake City
25 Min

E2 Hyderabad, The Lake City

Discover the amazing history of this ancient city through its religion, royal lineage, architecture and art. We visit the Golconda Fort where the ultimate in diamond souvenirs originated. And, of course, no visit to Hyderabad would be complete without taking a look at its high-tech and movie industries, which have revolutionized the city.

E3 The Wildlife of Rajasthan
25 Min

E3 The Wildlife of Rajasthan

Bill encounters the magnificent tiger along with Sambar and Blue Bull, Wild Boar and Langur Monkey in the wildlife sanctuary of Ranthambore. We end the episode with a tour of a very different national park. Board a rickshaw and join your guide as he explores Keoladeo National Park, known for its abundant bird life.

E4 Kerala
25 Min

E4 Kerala

We cruise the backwaters of Kerala, one of the most beautiful and serene areas of India. We explore the cities of Cochin and Kozhikode, attend a local theatre performance and learn about traditional drama styles. The drama continues as we witness a local festival and then take in a display of the ancient art of Kalaripayattu. Bill helps raise the Chinese fishing nets at dusk and tours a 1000 year old boat yard, where luxury vessels are still handcrafted.

E5 The Far North
25 Min

E5 The Far North

The Golden Temple is the centerpiece of the city of Amritsar, and probably the second most photographed building in India. The most significant building to people of the Sikh faith, it is open to people of all faiths. We witness the celebration of the changing of the guard before heading into the mountains for a visit to the British influenced town of Shimla.

E6 Agra
25 Min

E6 Agra

Agra is home to Indias most recognizable monument the Taj Mahal. First, we tour the Agra Fort and learn its role n the incredible history behind the Taj Mahals construction. Bill takes us to a factory where we learn how the craft of stone inlay that adorns the Taj Mahal, is still made today. We continue on to Fatehpur Sikri, a former Mughal capital, which was created of red sandstone and displays the influence of its Hindu and Mughal roots.

E7 The Land of Rudyard Kipling
25 Min

E7 The Land of Rudyard Kipling

With classic tales as The Jungle Book to his credit, Rudyard Kipling brought India to life for many readers around the world. In this episode, Bill steps back into Kiplings wild world while exploring Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, the inspiration for The Jungle Book and many other tales. There, we track tigers and search for jackal, sambar, chital, monkeys and wildboar.

E8 Bangalore
25 Min

E8 Bangalore

Follow Bill as he journeys through this city of contrasts and touches on its many faces. We visit Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh Gardens, shop in the markets and explore the nightlife of the modern city. We also explore architecture, from ancient Bull Temple, the legendary source of the Vishva Bharti River to the largest legislative building in India. Bills final stop is the Queen of the Hill Stations Ooty.

E9 Mumbai & Goa
25 Min

E9 Mumbai & Goa

Explore the Gateway to India Mumbai. From its early history, its many foreign occupations to the hustle and bustle of today. Bill tells Mumbais rich history as told through two of its most famous inhabitants, Gandhi and Kipling. From Mumbai Bill heads to a little bit of heaven on earth, the coastal paradise of Goa. This hot spot for in the know travelers feature white, sandy beaches and is surrounded by tropical plant life.

E10 The Last Refuge of the Lion
25 Min

E10 The Last Refuge of the Lion

The desert of Gujarat is hardly the place one expects to encounter a lion, but in the scrub forest of the region Bill does exactly that. Join him as he tracks the lion and many less dangerous creatures from spotted deer to owls and parrots. Around the campfire at night meet the local dance group who is preserving the traditional dances of the area people. A unique experience in a unique region.

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