15 Instagram Pages On South Asian & Indian Culture You Need To Follow Right Now

Culture is a part of your identity and it gives an insight into your roots. But, losing track of your culture is as easy as learning about it. In fact, our Indian culture is a mahogany treasure box that often gets dusty because we forget to brush it up. And the South Asian Culture is the most underestimated cave with underlying gold. Let me help you break this exercise. Okay?

It will be a stepwise buffing of our cultural memory? Not from books, rather a platform where we spend most of our time, Instagram, will help us polish your rusty brains. Here’s how and where you need to begin with:

1. Brown History

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Bhopal was different from the other princely states due to the fact that it was ruled by a succession of four women. Despite powerful male opposition these “Begums of Bhopal” ruled the state of Bhopal for over a period of more than a hundred years. They were patrons of education, art, culture and public works. They built monuments that still stand today. During their rule, the Begums of Bhopal undertook many reforms, greatly improving the lives of women in regards to education, healthcare and social services. These inspirational women constantly overcame barriers of patriarchy, religion and politics⁣ ⁣ Shown above is a portrait of Nawab Shah Jahan Begum taken in 1877. She was third in the succession of Begums. She was a great supporter of the arts and provided her people with hospitals, a postal system, newspapers and railway service. ⁣ ⁣ Source: @googleartsculture ⁣ Follow @googleartsculture on Instagram and you’ll be taking a endless journey across the world through history and culture! ⁣ #ad⁣

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South Asian history is pardoned for the new world by its conquerors through this gripping page. A must FOLLOW page on Instagram, I am not even exaggerating!

Check it out here, @brownhistory

2. Brown Nostalgia

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the artist: @ab_varaham “Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself.” – Savitribai Phule Resources to learn more about the Caste System: [1] [2] International Dalit Solidtary Network @ [3] ‘Castes of Mind’ by Nicholas Dirks [4] ‘Caste in Question: Identity or Hierarchy?’ by Dipankar Gupta [5] ‘Western Foundations of the Caste System’ by Martin Farek, Dunkin Jalki, Sufiya Pathan, & Prakash Shah [6] Sadhguru on the Caste System on Youtube & ‘Caste and Hinduism Explained’ by Dharma Speaks [7] Dignity Freedom Network

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I would prescribe this jewel if you are keen on all things hidden, South Asian, its origin, history, and learning. Right from religion to tribes, they’ve got it covered.

Check it out here, @brown.nostalgia

3. The Kochi Heritage Project

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One of the recurring questions we get is “What is the full extent of Cochin, or Cochin State? ” Some people get confused with what comprises of Kochi or Cochin now. Is it just Fort Cochin? Or Fort Cochin and Mattancherry combined? What is Ernakulam? A city, town, district? So many unanswered questions. May be this map will help you get to it. In the image you find the full extent of Cochin State, a Princely State under the British Empire. The State is divided into 5+1 Taluks namely Cochin-Kanayannur, Mukundapuram, Trichur, Thalapilli, Chittur and tiny Cranganur where the chief paid a tribute to Cochin. If you notice carefully, there is no Fort Cochin in this map because that was British Cochin or the Fort, administered by Madras Presidency. All of this was Cochin before the state joined the Indian Union along with Travancore State. Image 🖼 : Map is a population density map of Cochin from the Census of 1921. Let’s hear some of your responses to this in the comments below. If you like what you read, share it as a story and don’t forget to tag 👤 us. #KochiHeritageProject #Cochin #KeralaHistory #kochiheritage #kochi #ernakulam #kochimap #knowyourhistory

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Explore Kochi: “Queen of Arabian Sea” and learn about its lesser-known history, culture, people, cuisine, antiques, specialties, etc. because I know you know very average about this beautiful port in India.

Check it out here, @kochiheritageproject

4. Museum Everyday

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Humata, Hukata, Huvarastha : Good thoughts, Good words, Good Deeds – the motto of Zoroastrianism. Wishing everyone a Happy Navroze (Parsi / Zoroastrian New Year!) . This is a detail showing people bringing a “tribute” or gift 🎁 for the King (probably Darius) from the Apadana in Persepolis (old Persia) – of course, you can’t go wrong with wine! . Inscriptions on a tablet found in Persepolis give details of how the city was built to celebrate Navroz, the Persian New Year. It describes the festivities, which lasted several days and were attended by the subjects and vassals of the sprawling kingdom. In this picture you see the Lydians (in Western Turkey today) presenting two metal containers 🏺🏺 At the site, Armenians, Syrians, Greeks, Gandharans, and even the Sindhu people (Indus) who gifted gold find themselves represented in the relief – so definitely a great way to understand the spread of the Empire. . . . I’ve often thought about this GIFT GIVING representation in art : whether it is Darius of the ancient world; Akbar of the medieval times or the Delhi Durbar held under the Raj. The ceremonies of gift exchange had great political significance 😉

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A cultural website exclusively for amazing stories around Indian society, museums, art, and history. People can share their cultural and historical anecdotes too by using their hashtag #MuseumsEveryday and get a repost or shoutout on their page. Trust me when I say this page is so friendly.

Check it out here, @theheritagelab

5. Arts of Hindostan

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Bejewelled majesty! Kunwar Sabal Singhji of Badnor, Udaipur State, reigned 1848-1881. Oil on canvas c. 1880. Badnor was one of the principalities of the erstwhile Udaipur state. Here Sabal Singhji is shown in full court attire probably while attending Durbar at the Udaipur court – white muslin angarkha, red silk with gold Chanderi patka (sash) and matching turban. His jewels include an emerald, diamond and Basra pearl Sarpech (turban ornament) and a pair of Basra pearl, diamond and emerald bazubands (armbands). He wears the traditional Mewar pearl, diamond and emerald necklace in three strands and gold bracelets studded with diamonds and emeralds. Very typically Mewari is also the string of large emeralds strung across his crisp angarkha. Tucked into his sash is a magnificent dagger with a beautiful green enamelled hilt. All in all a figure of imposing majesty! #udaipur #mewar #igers #madeformaharajas #madeforemperors #incredibleindia #indianjewelry #indianjewellery #indianpainting #rajputs #lacma#losangelescountymuseumofart

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This visually and intellectually appealing page is an inspirion of Mughals, Rajputs, and Company Sahibs tastes in architecture, design, and fashion which enriches our Indian culture. It gotta check out our classics that the West rarely talks about.

Check it out here, @artsofhindostan

6. Temples | Travel | Devotion

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Teli ka Mandir, also known as Telika Temple, is a Hindu temple located within the Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh, India. Dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Matrikas, it has been variously dated between the early 8th and early 9th century CE. It is an unusual Hindu temple, as it has a rectangular sanctum instead of the typical square. It integrates the architectural elements of the Nagara style and the Valabhi prasada that looks like the Dravidian wagon-vault topped gopuram superstructure. The temple is based on a Pratihara-Gopagiri style North Indian architecture. The temple is a classic example of a design based on “musical harmonics” in architecture, one that Hermann Goetz called as a masterpiece of late Gupta era Indian art. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Support & Follow @know_temples Support & Follow @know_temples Support & Follow @know_temples ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ PC : @harshil_gupta_27 Turn on Post Notification 🔔 Share with your Network ↗️ Stay Home 🏡 Stay Safe ✅ ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #know_temples #hindutemple #templephotography #templesofindia #indiantemple #heritageofindia #indianarchitecture #exploreindia #discoverindia #indiaundiscovered #indianculture #ancienttemple #ancientindia #indianheritage #indianphotography #omnamahshivaya #harharmahadev #temples #sanatandharma #lordshiva #mahadev_har #jaibholenath #vishnu #lordvishnu #madhyapradeshtourism #gwalior #gwaliorfort #mptourism #madhyapradesh #gwaliorcity

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Everything customary you need to know about the Indian temples and their devotion is nowhere but here.

Check it out here, @know_temples

7. People’s Archive Rural India

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How much has changed since ? Excerpts from Dr. Ambedkar’s unpublished essays on various aspects of untouchability in India. Illustrations by @desertoranges Head to the link in the bio for the full volume of essays. #ambedkar #indianindependenceday #freedomstruggle #brambedkar #caste #dalit

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Rural India is actual India and their indigenous stories are its dignity. And this news and media website is a devout spokesperson of the Indian rural life and culture.

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8. City Tales

India is made up of historic cities and this page brings you their forgotten numb stories.


Check it out here, @_citytales

9. History of Modern India

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Connaught Place:⁣ ⁣ The plans to build a commercial centre was ideated when the Indian capital was being shifted to Delhi. So, Britishers decided to create the market modelled after Royal Crescent in Bath, England.⁣ ⁣ It was designed by Robert Tor Russell. Originally, the idea for a central plaza in the new Imperial capital came from WH Nicholls, the chief architect to the Government Of India.⁣ ⁣ It was named after Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and uncle of King George VI of England, who visited India in 1921 and laid the foundation of the Council House (now Sansad Bhavan, or Parliament House).⁣ ⁣ Construction work began in 1929, with the construction of the Viceroy House (present Rashtrapati Bhavan), Secretariat Building, Parliament House, and All-India War Memorial, India Gate were completed by 1933, long after the inauguration of the city in 1931.⁣ ⁣ The Imperial, New Delhi’s first luxury hotel opened in 1931 on Queen’s Way, (modern-day Janpath) and eventually became a haunt for the royalty and a place for political discussions. It was her that Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah and Mountbatten met to discuss the Partition of India and the birth of Pakistan.⁣ ⁣ Connaught Place did not have many takers when it was ready for occupation in 1933. In fact, most traders of the Walled City joked that the big shops of CP will end up serving as horse stables and car garages.⁣ ⁣ In 1935, New Delhi Traders’ Association was set up, with Seth Ramchand Lila Ram as its first president. It was the first traders’ association akin to a chambers of commerce, with members drawn from various trades.⁣ ⁣ Some iconic shops in this central plaza easily rivalled high-end European stores in the 1940s. Todays it’s one of the most expensive commercial spaces in the city Delhi.⁣ ⁣ In 2008 Delhi bombings, two of the five terrorist blasts were in Connaught Place.⁣ ⁣ In 2018, CP was ranked as the 10th most expensive office location in the world. With rate of 153.26 USD (11500 INR on current exchange rate) / sq.ft /annum.⁣ ⁣ (To compare : Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and Nariman Point Central Business District ranked at 27th and 40th positions respectively.)⁣

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Honestly a well-versed website for education pertaining to Modern Indian history. This educational website holds live sessions and publishes special articles for civil service aspirants. I highly recommend a ‘Follow’ for this informative page.

Check it out here, @history_of_modern_india

10. Rare Pictures of India

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Ganesh Chaturthi… Celebrations date back even earlier to 1600s…but It became popular again in the 19th century after public appeal by Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak, who championed it as a means to circumvent the colonial British government ban on Hindu gatherings through its anti-public assembly legislation in 1892. …. .. And Thus became the festival of what it is!! Pic 1 : 1964: Ganpati Visarjan procession in Bombay. Opera House Junction (source : heritage Mumbai twitter ) Pic 2 : Ganapathi statue after RIN mutiny Pic 3: 1938: Immersion of Ganpati Idol during Ganesh Chaturthi at Chowpatty,Mumbai Pic-Homai Vyarawalla Pic 4: 1940: A policeman keeps an eye on a Lord Ganesh immersion procession in Mumbai Pic-Homai Vyarawalla/Alkazi Pic 5: initial organisations leading Ganesh chaturthi celebrations under Thilak Pic 6-10 initial celebration Ganesh statues… Pic 7 after independence Ganesh Source : Heritage Mumbai, Lalbaugcha raja, other open source forums

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A wonderfully curated content stock of this page gives a true unbiased data of India’s past, “connecting the past with the present”. A very eccentric choice of historical and cultural representation makes this budding page unique.

Check it out here, @rarepicsindia

11. India Lost and Found

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Banaras or Kashi is one among the holiest cities of Hinduism, Jainism & Buddhism. The city has a total of 88 ghats, with most of them being rebuilt in the 18th century by prominent Maratha dynasties such as the Scindias, Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwas, when the city was under Maratha rule. The Scindia Ghat of Varanasi is a ghat named after the Scindias who built it in the 1830s. The place is famous for its Ratneshwar Mahadev Mandir or Leaning Temple of Varanasi, lying partially submerged in the river, having fallen in as a result of the sheer weight of the ghat’s construction around 150 years ago. The submerged structure is a Shiva temple situated on the Scindia Ghat bordered by the Manikarnika Ghat where cremation takes place round the clock. SCINDIA GHAT, BENARES, UTTAR PRADESH Thought by ILF Expert Nilesh Narayan @holy_waters_india_journeys #indiafound #indialostandfound #amitpasricha #panoramist #INDIAPICTURES #storiesofindia #_coi #Igramming_india #indianphoto #india_gram #india_undiscovered #yourshot_india #TheCultureGully #_soi #incredibleindia #travelrealindia #discover_india #instagood #photooftheday #YourShotPhotographer #photography #instagramhub #natgeo #NGTIndia #instagood #uttarpradesh #uptourism #architecturephotography #varanasi . @gopro @natgeotravellerindia @bbc_travel @outlooktraveller @artofvisuals @lonelyplanetindia @incredibleindia @history @pocket_bnw @unesco @namma.karnataka.photographers @lonelyplanet @natgeo @lonelyplanetmagazineindia @natgeotravel @cntravellerindia @goproin @lenscaptureofficial @shutterbugsofficial @world_photography_page @indianarchitect @world_photography.hub @indiatravelgram @canonindia_official @indiapictures @cnntravel @nikonindiaofficial

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A virtual museum for Indian monuments and their archaic history is so meticulously blended by the team for this page makes it a cultural open. The web company is also hiring interns right now. So go check it out and fill in the form.

Check it out here, @indialostandfound

12. Medieval Indian History

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A painting from the ‘Kabutarnama’, 1788 depicting training of pigeons.| British Library


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All things medieval, Indian, and history are bright and beautiful. And surely this page is a one-stop book for the critical medieval Indian history revision.

Check it out here, @medievalindianhistory

13. Indian History

Indian history lives through popular personalities, journals newspapers, biographies, etc. And this particular page sources out regular historical updates from authentic memoirs which makes it a catchy read.

Check it out here, @indian__history

14. Indian History Pictures

A picture-centric page for Indian history lovers is a win-win game, and this page is inclusive of the glorious Indian cinema anecdotes as well. The vintage picture posts create a curious mind to learn more from the page.

Check it out here, @indianhistorypictures

15. School of Vedic Science

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VIRUS AND BACTERAI IN MAHBHARAT 🙏🕉️🚩⛺️ – MAHABHARATA. SANTI PARVA SEC -15 THIS MOBILE AND IMMOBILE UNIVERSE IS FOOD FOR LIVING CREATURES. THIS HAS BEEN ORDAINED BY THE GODS. The very ascetics cannot support their lives without killing creatures In water, on earth, and fruits, there are innumerable creatures. . . . This is not true that one does not slaughter them. What higher duty is there than supporting one’s life? There are many creatures that are so minute that the existence can only be inferred With the falling of the the eyelids alone, they are destroyed 🙏🕉️🚩⛺️ . . . If you like our work Support us your small help matters alot 🤗 – google pay, BHIM, phone pay or paytm :- 7982565402 . . . Special thanks to @the_better_bharat And @the_nature_travel for support . . . . Like , comment and share this information with everyone 🙏🙏🙏 . . . Jai shree krishna 💕💕💕💕💕#Mahadev#Hanuman #omnamahshivaya#bholenath #harharmahadev #bhole #bholebaba#aghori #shambhu #jaimahakal #shiva#india #hindu #hinduism #ancient #Indiantemple #mythology #ancientindia #hindugods #wahhindia#incredibleindia #discover_india #vedas #templesofindia#indianhistory #indianculture #indianarchitecture#bhagavadgita #krishna #sanskrit

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An exceptional page that explores Ancient Vedic preaching and practices in India.

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These are quite a few of many cultural-minded devotees on Instagram who deserve more than just a FOLLOW. Check out their pages, like, comment and share so that all the efforts they put into curate and spoon-feed such driving contents for brats like you and me, bring them laurels in return.

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