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History and Culture of Tamil Nadu: Vol. 2

As Gleaned from the Sanskrit Inscriptions (c. 1310 – c. 1885 AD) by: Chithra Madhavan

A comprehensive work on chaste Sanskrit inscriptions of ancient Tamil Nadu, under Pallavas, Pandyas, Colas and their vassals; focusing on the then prevalent socio-economic, literary, religio-cultural and adminstrative paradigms. A valuable contribution to the field of epigraphy and history of Tamil Nadu.

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Year Of Publication: 2019
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xvii, 198
Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : K.V. Ramesh
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

Epigraphy, or the study of inscriptions, has played a very important role in reconstructing the history of India. Tamil Nadu in particular has a very large number of epigraphs, which have been of immense help to historians in writing about the history of the Tamil country. The majority of these inscriptions are written in Tamil. However, beginning from the sixth century ad, a large number of inscriptions, both lithic and copper-plate grants came to be composed in Sanskrit as well. Some of these epigraphs are wholly in Sanskrit while some, especially the copper-plate inscriptions, are bi-lingual, with the first or prashasti portion in chaste Sanskrit and the second or operative part of the record being in Tamil.

Contents

Foreword by K.V. Ramesh
Preface
Abbreviations
Key to Transliteration
Introduction
1. Administration
Duties of a king — Kings as upholders of Social Order — Divine Origin — Coronation Ceremony — Viceroys — Emblems — Ministers — Military Administration — Weapons wielded by the kings — Army Divisions — Elephants — Artillery
2. Social and Economic Life
Brahmanas — Other Castes — Queens — Queens of the Madurai Nayakas — Queens of the Tanjavur Nayakas — Brahmana Women — Economic Life — Crops — Irrigation — Tanks and Channels — Special Privileges — Medicine — Temples
3. Education and Literature
Harihara II — Virupaksha — Deva Raya I — Deva Raya II — Vira-Nrisimha — Krishnadeva Raya — Acyuta Raya — Shriranga Raya — Venkata II — Venkata III — Nayaka kings of Madurai — Nayaka kings of Tanjavur — Later Pandyan kings — Marathas — Mathas — Poet-Composers of the Sanskrit Inscriptions — Literary Beauty of the Sanskrit Inscriptions — Manipravala Style — Vaishnava Mythology — Venkatesha — Varaha — Rama — Krishna — Bhudevi — Shaiva Mythology — Ardhanarishvara — Sharada — Ganesha — Muruga — Indra — Brahma
4. Religion
Harihara II — Virupaksha — Deva Raya I — Deva Raya II — Mallikarjuna — Krishnadeva Raya — Acyuta Raya — Sadashiva Raya — Tirumala I — Shriranga Raya — Venkata II — Venkata III — Nayaka rulers of Madurai — Nayaka rulers of Tanjavur — Raghunatha — Nayaka — Later Pandyan Kings — Marathas — Vassal chieftains, ministers and officials — Uttamanambis — Tatacarya — Spiritual preceptors — Vidyaranya — Mahadanas — Tulapurusha
Plates
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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1966
Dr. Chithra Madhavan obtained her M.A. Degree in Indian History with first rank in 1988 from the University of Madras. In 1989 she received her M.Phil. degree from the same University. Subsequently, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore in 1999. Her Doctoral dissertation has been published as a book entitled “History and Culture of Tamil Nadu – Vol. I.” She was awarded the Junior Fellowship in Epigraphy by the Department of Culture, Government of India for the period 2001-03, and the present book embodies the results of this research work. She is now the recipient of a Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. Dr. Madhavan has contributed a number of research papers on epigraphy, art and architecture to various seminars and reputed journals, and also many popular articles to newspapers on Indian history and art.
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