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By R. K. Narayan

The maximum Indian epic, one of many world's perfect masterpieces of storytelling

A sweeping story of abduction, conflict, and courtship performed out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is generic to almost each Indian. even though the Sanskrit unique used to be composed by means of Valmiki round the fourth century BC, poets have produced numerous models in several languages. right here, drawing at the paintings of an eleventh-century poet known as Kamban, Narayan employs the abilities of a grasp novelist to re-create the thrill he present in the unique. A luminous saga made obtainable to new generations of readers, The Ramayana should be loved for its non secular knowledge, or as an exciting story of old conflict.

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Exactly how high the sun will stand at m idday depends on the latitude of the observer. The basic p rin ­ ciple is that the farther south one travels, the higher the sun will be. On the Tropic of Cancer - w hich is where Udayagiri is located - the sun appears directly overhead at 90°. And because the sun is directly overhead, there will be no shadows. 22 dMD A r c h a e o l o g y a n d P olitics of T ime a t U d a y a g i r i That this, and the other observations ju st mentioned, were made from the early centuries c e is shown b y their exact description in Arthasastra 2: 20: 28-41.

The most conspicuous monum ental feature near the stone trough is the large ruined temple that crowns the sum m it of the northern hill (Figure 3). 12; here we only need note that the position of the temple suggests that w ater from the building - both rain water from the roof and water from the lustration of the image - was directed toward the trough. A ny excess would have drained into the tank just below the temple (Figure 3). A t present, this reservoir is filled w ith silt and visible only as a shallow dip in the ground tow ard the hill's western edge.

10 For six m onths after this the length of shadows successively increases (v. 42). These points indicate that the observations recorded in the Arthasastra were made on or near the Tropic of Cancer, demonstrating the direct relevance of the text to the study of Udayagiri. 11 At Udayagiri, in addition to the lack of shadows at m idday on the summer solstice, there were virtually no shadows in the passage throughout the day. This is because the passage is aligned to the sun's east-w^est path, a natural configuration that seems to be the chief reason for the site's significance.

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