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India in the Time of Patanjali

India in the Time of Patanjali

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Item Code: IDD893

by B.N. Puri

Hardcover (Edition: 1990)

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 81-215-0464-8

Language: English
Size: 9.0" X 6.0"
Pages: 280
Price: $22.50   Shipping Free
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About the Book

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.

Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition

Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION
Patanjali's Time
The two Patanjalis and their Identity
Patanjali's Parentage and Birthplace

Chapter 2

POLITICALLY HISTORY
Ancestry of the Sungas
Dynastic History
Pusyamitra
The Vidarbha Affair
Confrontation with the Yavanas and the Second Horse Sacrifice
The supposed Invasion of Kharavela
The Extent of Pusyamitra's Empire
Pusyamitra's Successors
Sunga Feudatories
The Kanvayanas
Dynasties of the Gangetic Plain
Kosala
Pancala
Kausambi
Mathura
Panjab
Some of the Contemporary Tribes
Audumbaras
Kunindas
The Andhras

Chapter 3

GEOGRAPHICAL INFORAMTION
Conception of the Country
Physical Geography
Rivers
Political Geography
Towns and Villages

Chapter 4

SOCIAL LIFE
Division of Society
Family Circle
Food
Dinner
Etiquette
Household Effects
Housing Arrangements
Dress
Ornaments
Hair Arrangement
Face Decoration
Marriage and Position of Women
Pastime and Recreations
Social Evils
Miscellaneous Item of Social Interest

Chapter 5

ECONOMIC LIFE
Professions
Agriculture and Husbandry
Ripening and Reaping
Storing
Other Crops
Husbandry
Merchandise
Trade Stipulations
Articles of Trade
Coinage
Weights and Measures
Labour
Communication
Banking

Chapter 6

EDUCATIONAL LIFE
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

Carana
Fees and Period of Study
Writing
Female Education
Assemblies

Chapter 7

RELIGIOUS CONDITION
Revival of Vedic Sacrifices
Types of Vedic Sacrifices
Yupas
Domestic Sacrifices
Soma Drinking
Minor Sacrifices
Priests, Accessories and Duration of Sacrifices
Vedic Gods
Post -Vedic Deities
Images
Bhaktism-Bhagavata Cult
Savaism
Ascetic Orders
Popular Religious Beliefs
Buddhims
Jainism
Lokayatas or Materialists

Chapter 8

LITERATURE
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
Administrative Information
Miscellaneous Data
Patanjali Style

Chapter 9

ART AND AGRICULTURE
Bharhut Stupa, Railing, Toranas
Sanci
BodhGaya
Besnagar Column
Mathura
Terracottas
Architecture
Town Architectural Plan

liography

Index

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