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Deccan Plateau
The DECCAN PLATEAU is a large plateau in southern India
India
. It rises to 100 metres (330 ft) in the north, and to more than 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) in the south, forming a raised triangle within the downward-pointing triangle of the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
's coastline. It extends over eight Indian states and encompasses a wide range of habitats , covering most of central and southern India
India
. The plateau is located between two mountain ranges, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats
Eastern Ghats
, each of which rises from its respective nearby coastal plain, and almost converge at the southern tip of India. It is separated from the Gangetic plain
Gangetic plain
to the north by the Satpura and Vindhya Ranges , which form its northern boundary
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Kannada Language
KANNADA (/ˈkɑːnədə, ˈkæn-/ ; ಕನ್ನಡ kannaḍa ), also known as CANARESE or KANARESE /kænəˈriːz/ , is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Kannada people
Kannada people
in India
India
, mainly in the state of Karnataka
Karnataka
(ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ), and by linguistic minorities in the states of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
, Telangana
Telangana
, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
, Maharashtra , Kerala
Kerala
, and Goa
Goa
. The language has roughly 40 million native speakers who are called Kannadigas
Kannadigas
(Kannadigaru), and a total of 50.8 million speakers according to a 2001 census. It is one of the scheduled languages of India
India
and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka
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Marathi Language
MARATHI (English: /məˈrɑːti/ ; मराठी Marāṭhī; Marathi: ( listen )) is an Indian language spoken predominantly by the Marathi people
Marathi people
of Maharashtra
Maharashtra
. It is the official language and co-official language in the Maharashtra
Maharashtra
and Goa
Goa
states of Western India
India
, respectively, and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India
India
. There were 73 million speakers in 2007; Marathi ranks 19th in the list of most spoken languages in the world . Marathi has the fourth largest number of native speakers in India, after Hindi
Hindi
, Bengali and Telugu in that order. Marathi has some of the oldest literature of all modern Indo-Aryan languages, dating from about 900 AD. The major dialects of Marathi are Standard Marathi and the Varhadi dialect
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Hogenakal Falls
HOGENAKKAL is a waterfall in South India
South India
on the Kaveri
Kaveri
river in the Dharmapuri district
Dharmapuri district
of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
. It is located 180 km (110 mi) from Bangalore
Bangalore
and 46 km (29 mi) from Dharmapuri . Sometimes referred to as the " Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
of India," it is known for medicinal baths and hide boat rides, projecting itself as a major tourist attraction . Carbonatite
Carbonatite
rocks in this site are considered to be the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world. The Government of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
made a proposal to convert the falls into providing drinking water for the state
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Firishta
FIRISHTA (Persian : فرِشتہ‎‎) or FERISHTA, full name MUHAMMAD QASIM HINDU SHAH (Persian : محمد قاسِم ہِندُو شاہ‎‎), was a Persian historian who was born in 1560 and died in 1620. The name Firishta means angel or one who is sent in Persian. CONTENTS * 1 Life * 2 Overview of work * 3 Works * 4 See also * 5 References LIFE Firishta was born at Astrabad on the shores of the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
to Gholam Ali Hindu Shah. While Firishta was still a child, his father was summoned away from his native country into Ahmadnagar , India
India
, to teach Persian to the young prince Miran Husain Nizam Shah, with whom Firishta studied. In 1587 Firishta was serving as the captain of guards of King Murtuza Nizam Shah when Prince Miran overthrew his father and claimed the throne of Ahmadnagar
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Sanskrit
A few attempts at revival have been reported in Indian and Nepalese newspapers. India
India
: 14,135 Indians claimed Sanskrit
Sanskrit
to be their mother tongue in the 2001 Census of India
India
: Nepal
Nepal
: 1,669 Nepalis in 2011 Nepal census reported Sanskrit
Sanskrit
as their mother tongue. LANGUAGE FAMILY Indo-European * Indo-Iranian * Indo-Aryan * SANSKRIT EARLY FORM Vedic Sanskrit WRITING SYSTEM Devanagari (official) Also written in various Brahmic scripts
Brahmic scripts

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Rashtrakuta Dynasty
RASHTRAKUTA ( IAST
IAST
: rāṣṭrakūṭa) was a royal dynasty ruling large parts of the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
between the sixth and 10th centuries. The earliest known Rashtrakuta inscription is a 7th-century copper plate grant detailing their rule from Manapura, a city in Central or West India. Other ruling Rashtrakuta clans from the same period mentioned in inscriptions were the kings of Achalapur (modern Elichpur in Maharashtra
Maharashtra
) and the rulers of Kannauj
Kannauj
. Several controversies exist regarding the origin of these early Rashtrakutas, their native home and their language
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Nizam Of Hyderabad
The NIZAM-UL-MULK OF HYDERABAD, popularly known as the Nizam of Hyderabad , was a monarch of the Hyderabad State , now divided into Telangana
Telangana
state, Hyderabad-Karnataka region of Karnataka
Karnataka
and Marathwada
Marathwada
region of Maharashtra . NIZAM, shortened from NIZAM-UL-MULK, meaning Administrator of the Realm, the title of the sovereigns of Hyderabad State, was the premier Prince of India, since 1724, belonging to the Asaf Jah dynasty. The Asaf Jah Dynasty was founded by Mir Qamar-ud-Din Siddiqi , a viceroy of the Deccan under the Mughal Empire from 1713 to 1721. He intermittently ruled after Aurangzeb 's death in 1707. In 1724, Mughal control lapsed, and Asaf Jah declared himself independent in Hyderabad
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Prakrit Language
The PRAKRITS ( Sanskrit
Sanskrit
: प्राकृत prākṛta, Shauraseni : pāuda, Magadhi Prakrit : pāua) are any of several Middle Indo-Aryan languages
Indo-Aryan languages
. The Ardhamagadhi (or simply Magadhi ) Prakrit, which was used extensively to write the scriptures of Jainism
Jainism
, is often considered to be the definitive form of Prakrit, while others are considered variants thereof. Prakrit
Prakrit
grammarians would give the full grammar of Ardhamagadhi first, and then define the other grammars with relation to it. For this reason, courses teaching 'Prakrit' are often regarded as teaching Ardhamagadhi
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Hampi, Karnataka
HAMPI, also referred to as the GROUP OF MONUMENTS AT HAMPI, is a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
located in east-central Karnataka
Karnataka
, India. It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire
Vijayanagara Empire
capital in the 14th-century. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi
Hampi
as a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 CE, Hampi- Vijayanagara
Vijayanagara
was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing
Beijing
, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal
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Monsoon
MONSOON (UK : /mɒnˈsuːn/ ; US : /mɑːnˈsuːn/ ) is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation , but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. The term is sometimes incorrectly used for locally heavy but short-term rains, although these rains meet the dictionary definition of monsoon. The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West
West
African and Asia
Asia
-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North and South American monsoons with incomplete wind reversal has been debated
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Mettur Dam
CAPACITY: 93.4 billion ft³ (2.64 km³) 2,146,071 acre ft Details in Tamil The METTUR DAM is one of the largest dams in India
India
and the largest in Tamilnadu with a 93 tmcft capacity which is far higher than sum of capacities of all other major reservoirs put together within the state. Built in 1934, Also known as Stanley Reservoir, it is constructed across the Cauvery , the longest and the lifeline river of Tamilnadu where it enters the plains.It was constructed in 1934 and took nine years to complete. Maximum height and width of the Dam are 214 and 171 feet respectively. Maximum storage height is 120 feet. Mettur Dam receives inflows from its own catchment area, Kabini Dam and Krishna Raja Sagara Dams located in Karnataka
Karnataka

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Semi-arid Climate
A SEMI-ARID CLIMATE or STEPPE CLIMATE is the climate of a region that receives precipitation below potential evapotranspiration , but not extremely. There are different kinds of semi-arid climates, depending on such variables as temperature, and they give rise to different classes of ecology. Regions with semi-arid climates BSh BSk CONTENTS * 1 Defining attributes of semi-arid climates * 2 Hot semi-arid climates * 3 Cold semi-arid climates * 4 Regions of varying classification * 5 See also * 6 Charts of selected cities * 7 References * 8 External links DEFINING ATTRIBUTES OF SEMI-ARID CLIMATESA more precise definition is given by the Köppen climate classification , which treats steppe climates (BSk and BSh) as intermediates between desert climates (BW) and humid climates in ecological characteristics and agricultural potential
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Tropical Climate
A TROPICAL CLIMATE in the Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
is a non-arid climate in which all twelve months have mean temperatures of at least 18 °C (64 °F). In tropical climates there are often only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. Tropical climates are frost-free and changes in the solar angle are small. In tropical climates temperature remains relatively constant (hot) throughout the year
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Stanley Reservoir
STANLEY RESERVOIR (also known as Mettur dam
Mettur dam
) is one of largest fishing reservoirs in South India
South India
. Its main source of water is the River Kaveri (Cauvery). Three minor tributaries – Palar, Chennar and Thoppar – enter the Kaveri
Kaveri
on her course above Stanley Reservoir. The water is retained by the Mettur Dam
Mettur Dam
, Tamil Nadu. Its total capacity is more than 93,470,000,000 cubic feet (93.47 Tmcft ).(2,146,071 acre ft) Water catchment area of Stanley reservoir The Stanley Reservoir
Reservoir
is one of the largest of its kind in India. It was completed in 1934. The creation of the reservoir caused the submersion of two villages, all of whose inhabitants were relocated to Mettur. The total length of the dam is 1700 meters. The Mettur hydro electric power project is also quite large
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Nilgiri Hills
The NILGIRI (Blue Mountains), form part of the Western Ghats in western Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
, Karnataka
Karnataka
and Kerala
Kerala
states in Southern India . At least 24 of the Nilgiri mountains' peaks are above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft), the highest peak being Doddabetta , at 2,637 metres (8,652 ft). CONTENTS * 1 Naming * 2 Location * 3 C