(Last Updated on : 24/01/2009)
The Indian Puranic Villages are the origin point of the Indian social structure, its rules, norms and lifestyle. These villages were small units of clustered households, living within the realm of simplicity and spirituality.
The primary occupation during the Puranic age was priesthood, thus every household had certain divine prejudices. These beliefs were followed down across the generations to be instilled in the present society. The Indian Puranic villages reflected unity and solemn social practices. The traditional festivals and principles came down from these villages. There were numerous villages in India during the Puranic age and they were classified according to the kingdoms prevailing. These villages followed the administration of the kings ruling during that time. Several statues, temples and monuments of the Indian Puranic villages are still revered and worshipped in various parts of the nation.
Sarnath and its surrounding areas had been some of the prominent villages of Puranic India. These villages were considered of religious significance since then. Moreover, Dwarka, Vrindavan and many more were important Indian Puranic villages, promoting the revered religions of present India like Hinduism, Buddhism and so on.
Fatehpur was mentioned as a village in the Puranic literature. The ghats of Bhitora and Asni were mentioned as sacred in the Puranas. Bhitora village, the site of the sage Bhrigu, was an important source of learning and the Bajpai family from Mauzmabad has played an important role in the development of this village. Famous for their grandeur and literary frame of mind, the people inhabiting Indian Puranic villages played a vital role in the formation of Indian society from its tender age.
Rin Mochan Teertha in Rasina village of present Chandigarh finds mention in Vaman Purana, Brahma Purana and Matsya Purana. According to Hindu mythology, a holy dip in Rin Mochan Teertha released one of the three debts, namely `Pitra Rin`, `Rishi Rin` and `Matri Rin`. According to the Puranas, every person owes these debts and has to get absolved of all three to attain `Moksha`. Several Indian Puranic villages have been excavated to develop them into heritage spots and historic sites.