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India in the Vedic Age

A History of Aryan Expansion in India

Vedas aren't just the scriptural texts, but the earliest record of Indo, Aryan civilisation. On the basis of this corpus of mankind's oldest literature, together with his indepth analyses of the later-day Pura below

About This Book

Vedas aren't just the scriptural texts, but the earliest record of Indo, Aryan civilisation. On the basis of this corpus of mankind's oldest literature, together with his indepth analyses of the later-day Puranic writings, Professor Bhargava offers the first ever systematic, well-knit study of the Aryan expansion on the Indian subcontinent since c. 3100 bc. Retrieving, thus, hard historical facts from the complex Sanskrit verses of ancient seers, Dr. Bhargava's book opens a fascinating panorama of life in Vedic India -- highlighting, in particular, its powerful dynastic families, its rishis, society, economic conditions, political setup; religion, philosophy and literature. The book also includes a vivid description of the Aryan homeland, its geography, flora, fauna, and a lot else.

Now in its third enlarged, fully revrsed and updated edition; India in the Vedic Age has, ever since its first appearance in 1956, been acclaimed not only by prestigious journals or discerning readers, but also by many IndologistsISanskrit historians of worldwide eminence, including notably, A.L. Basham, K.D. Vajpeyi, Ludwik Stembach, T.G. Mainkar, and G.V. Devas. While A.S. Altekar acknowledged it as "a distinct advance over Pargiter's work", Dr. Bhargava's book is certainly, as U.N. Ghoshal observed, "the most original work of our time".

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601716
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601712
  • Edition : 2nd impression of third edition
  • Year : 2011
  • Pages : xiv, 462 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 700
  • Bibliographic Details : One folded map; Bibliography; Index

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Transliteration System

1. Introduction
2. Examination of Sources
3. General Survey of Aryan Expansion
4. Geography, Fauna, and Flora of the Vedic Homeland

The Rivers

The Ganga -- The Yamuna -- The Sarasvati -- The Shutudri -- The Parushni -- The Asikni -- The Marudvridha -- The Vitasta -- The Arjikiya -- The Sushoma -- The Sindhu -- The Trishtama -- The Susartu and the Rasa -- The Kubha and the Shveti -- The Krumu and the Mehatnu -- The Gomati -- The Drishadvati and the Apaya -- The Raka and the Brihaddiva -- The Vipash -- The Gauri -- The Suvastu -- The Anitabha -- The Sarayu

The Seas
The Mountains

The Himalayas -- The Sharyanavat Mountains -- The Shushoma Mountains -- The Arjika Mountains -- The Mujavat Mountains

The Forests
The Desert Tract
The Regions
The Towns
Fauna and Flora

5. The Puranic Genealogies

The Saudyumanas

The Yadavas -- The Turvasus -- The Druhyus -- The Anavas -- The Pauravas -- The Jahnavas -- The Kashyas -- The Tritsus -- The Panchala Dynasties -- The Barhadrathas

The Aikshvakus

The Videha Dynasty -- The Vaishalas

The Pramshavas

6. Agreement of Vedic and Puranic Traditions
7. Evidence of Synchronisms
8. Eras of the Vedic Age
9. The Families of Vedic Rishis

The Bhargavas
The Angirasas
The Atreyas
The Kashyapas
The Vasishthas
The Agastyas
The Kaushikas
Families that Became Extinct
Kings, Commoners, and Ladies who were Rishis of Vedic Hymns

10. Chronology of the Vedic Age
11. History of the Vedic Age
12. Social and Economic Conditions

The Caste System
Family Life
Marriage and the Position of Women
Dress and Decoration
Food and Drink
Amusements and Entertainments
Occupations and Industries
Trade and Means of Transport
House Building

13. Political and Legal Institutions
14. Religion and Philosophy

The Celestial Gods

Dyaus -- Ashvins -- Pushan -- Vishnu -- The Adityas -- Surya -- Savitri -- Mitra -- Aryaman -- Daksha

The Atmospheric Gods

Indra -- Varuna -- Rudra -- The Maruts -- Ushas -- Vayu -- Parjanya -- Vivasvat -- Yama -- Prajapati -- Aditi

Terrestrial Gods

Agni -- Soma -- Prithivi -- Apah -- Apam Napat -- Brihaspati -- Matarishvan -- Tvashtri -- Sarasvati -- Ida -- Bharati

Deified Men and Semi-Divine Beings

Manu -- Trita Aptya -- Ribhus -- The Gandharvas and the Apsarases

Vedic Ritual
Popular Beliefs

15. Language and Literature






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