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Nalanda and its Epigraphic Material

Nalanda and its Epigraphic Material


Item Code: IDJ376

by Hirananda Sastri

Hardcover (Edition: 1999)

Archaeological Survey of India Janpath, New Delhi

Size: 10.6 X 8.3"
Pages: 155 (B/W Illus: 91)
Price: $29.00
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Of all Buddhist sites excavated by the Archaeological Survey, Nalanda has proved the most prolific as regards inscriptions. Although the results of excavation are noticed year by year in the Annual Reports, it was unfortunate that no complete account was prepared before Mr. Page the officer responsible for the bulk of the excavation retired from the Survey in 1932. to remedy this defect, so far as the numerous seals, copper plates and stone inscriptions are concerned, the work was happily entrusted to the then Government Epigraphist, Dr. Hirananda Sastri who brought to bear on this task his ripe scholarship and his intimate knowledge of Nalanda. Dr. Sastri, however, retired in 1933 before he could give finishing touches to his work and this task fell on his successor Dr. Chakravarti, who had necessarily to verify all the readings from the original material at Nalanda, in course of which considerable difference of readings were brought out. Minor emendations have made in Dr. Sastri's text, but wherever it was felt necessary the points of difference are indicated in footnote by Dr. Chakravarti as Editor.


Prefatory remarks1
Nalanda and its etymology3
Sari Chak5
Padmasambhava and Nalanda6
Tibetan accounts of Nalanda7
Chinese accounts of Nalanda8
Nalanda in Jaina literature8
Nalanda in Buddhist literature10
References in Brahmanical literature14
Description by Hsuan Tsang and I-tsing14
Nalanda in different epochs19
Structural remains20
Clay seals-
General Survey of26
Monastic seals36
Janapada Seals45
Seals of Offices49
Village seals54
Miscellaneous seals55
Royal seals64
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