Item Code: IDD893
by B.N. PuriHardcover (Edition: 1990)
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 9.0" X 6.0"
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Patanjali's Mahabhasya is not merely a commentary on Panini and Katyayana, but seeks to present the politico-socio scenario of his time. The present works is based on the data, as could be culled from the relevant illustrations and citations quoted by the Bhasyakara in support of his grammatical comments, as also supported by literary and epigraphic source materials. The study concentrates not only on the date, birth-place and identity of two or more Patanjalis, but also provides a study of the political history of the Sunga-Kanva and early Andhra rulers in proper perspectives.
In addition, besides the geographical background, social life in all its facets, as all the economic condition, followed by religion and literature have been fully brought out. The chapter on art and architecture is based on Bharhut and Sanci, the two contemporary art centers with rich sculptural details, and also includes a section on the terracottas of the Sunga period.
The work in its totality provides a comprehensive study of the history and culture of Northern India of the Period centering round c. 150 BC. In the edition, several chapters have received fresh treatment to make the work innovative with a flair of improved style and diction.
About the Author
Professor Emeritus B.N. Puri is one of the leading historians engaged in interpreting the history of India. His two works;:India in the Time of Patanjali and The History of the Gurjara Pratiharas earned him the degrees of M.Litt. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. Now for more than 50 years Dr. Puri has been occupied in research in different branches of Indology. His publications include India Under the Kusanas, India in Classical Greek Writings, History of Indian Administration, 3 vols., Buddhism in Central Asia, Indian Cultural Expansion in Central Asia and in South and South-East Asia, The Indian Freedom Struggle - A Survey, Cities of Ancient India, and recently published Secularism Indian Ethos etc.
Dr. Puri is widely traveled and has delivered lectures in many universities in India and abroad.
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The two Patanjalis and their Identity
Patanjali's Parentage and Birthplace
Ancestry of the Sungas
The Vidarbha Affair
Confrontation with the Yavanas and the Second Horse Sacrifice
The supposed Invasion of Kharavela
The Extent of Pusyamitra's Empire
Dynasties of the Gangetic Plain
Some of the Contemporary Tribes
Conception of the Country
Towns and Villages
Division of Society
Marriage and Position of Women
Pastime and Recreations
Miscellaneous Item of Social Interest
Agriculture and Husbandry
Ripening and Reaping
Articles of Trade
Weights and Measures
Object of Study
Subject of Study
Place and Time of Study
Methods of Study
Relations between the Preceptor and the Pupil
Different Schools - named after the teachers - Ghotras and Caranas
Fees and Period of Study
Revival of Vedic Sacrifices
Types of Vedic Sacrifices
Priests, Accessories and Duration of Sacrifices
Post -Vedic Deities
Popular Religious Beliefs
Lokayatas or Materialists
Vedic Literature and the Mahabhasya
Patanjali and Smrti Literature
The Mahabhasya and the Epics and the Puranas
Patanjali and the Kavya-Literature
Patanjali and Popular Literature
Patanjali and Drama
Patanjali and Philosophical Data
Medicinal and Surgical Data in the Mahabhasya
ART AND AGRICULTURE
Bharhut Stupa, Railing, Toranas
Town Architectural Plan