Real History of Ancient India

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

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Course Duration

18 Hours


90 Minutes

No. Of Sessions


Sessions per week

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Schedule of Classes


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About the Teacher



ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya aims to provide a facility for its members to study, practice, and disseminate the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam, along with the writings of the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas and the branches of Vedic philosophy, culture, music and science in the context of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.

ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya has been inspired by the service and efforts of His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu and His Holiness Gaur Krishna Gosvami Maharaja. Their dedication toward the study and the dissemination of the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam is the torchlight guiding us forward to serve this mission.

Course Overview

Course Description:

The question of whether the Mahabharata is mythology or history has long intrigued scholars and enthusiasts alike. This self-study course delves into the quest for factual truth, addressing the challenges posed by foreign narratives in the field of Indology and Indian history. Traditionally, Indian history was derived from Itihasas and Puranas, but foreign rule led to the deliberate labeling of India's historical accounts as mythology. Modern Western Indologists have perpetuated this practice, leaving the true historical narrative of India elusive. This course aims to rectify this historical distortion, particularly in relation to the Mahabharata. It is invaluable for both preachers and practitioners of Sanatana Dharma, as it provides a strong foundation for validating the Shastra narrative. By reconciling the historical accounts in the Shastras with contemporary research, this course presents the "Real history of ancient India" supported by academic and scientific evidence. All information is meticulously cited. The presenter, with extensive research and analysis, unveils lesser-known facets of Indian history. Participants will be well-prepared for future courses by the same speaker, covering specific fields such as Ethnology, Comparative history, Science in ancient India, Epigraphy, Historical Geography, and Puranic Chronology. Each subsequent course will explore one field in depth.

Course Contents:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Indian History & Historiography
  • Module 2: Colonial Conspiracy and the Aryan Invasion Theory
  • Module 3: Literary Sources in Understanding Ancient History
  • Module 4: Historical Geography – Geographical Data in Itihasas and Puranas
  • Module 5: Archaeology and Associated Data
  • Module 6: Puranic Chronology – The Dynasties of Kali Yuga

Course Materials:

Brief notes and study materials for each session will be provided to facilitate self-study.

Target Audience:

This self-study course is designed for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the "Real History of ancient India."

Assessment Plan:

Participants will have the opportunity to assess their understanding through a self-administered examination provided at the end of the course.

Course Requirement:

There are no specific prerequisites or requirements for enrollment. This self-study course is open to all individuals interested in exploring the historical narratives of ancient India.

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