Look Inside

The Socio- Religious Condition of North India (An Old and Rare Book)

FREE Delivery
(20% off)
Delivery Ships in 1-3 days
Item Code: NBZ775
Author: Vasudeva Upadhyay
Publisher: Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office
Language: English
Edition: 1964
Pages: 438 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Other Details 8.80 X 5.60 inch
Weight 530 gm
Fully insured
Fully insured
Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
23 years in business
23 years in business
Book Description

“Histories” says Bacon, “make men wise". To read with understanding the records of men's striving in the past for good or evil, of the ambition of the people and their struggle is always helpful for the knowledge of the present. Indian culture has produced very few works of genuine historiography, but it has preserved abundant material for the historians in the form of inscriptions, coins, sculptures, icons, monuments and other kinds of documents. Dr. H. C. Ray Choudhary rightly observed in his presidential address of Nagpur History Congress that one can get mines of information pertaining to the Indian culture hidden in the dynastic epigraphs. That remark gave me an impetus to study the records of the North Indian dynasties of early mediaeval period and the result of which is presented in the following pages. As for as I know, this is the first attempt to explore and to examine critically all the archaeological sources in order to write a cultural history of northern India. The writer has taken the initial step in that direction and it can be stated without hesitation that no historian has utilised the entire archaeological data for writing “The Socio-religious history of Northern India" from 700-1200 A. D. Dr. H. C. Ray had a plan to present the third cultural volume of his “Dynastic history of Northern India” but that scheme has not been materialised so far?

The dynastic epigraphs on the basis of contents can be divided into the following main types (1) Religious, (2) Dedicative and (3) Donative. The first type includes all those inscriptions which deal with preaching of religion or morality. India is rich in dedicative type of inscriptions. Dedicative records mainly deal with installation of images and erection of temples. Largest number of the inscriptions belong to the third type. The performance of sacrifices and distribution of charity were regarded essential for the householder in ancient India. Hence rulers and subjects vied with one another in giving donations. Some of the records deal with donations of tanks, wells etc.; monetary donation, donation of miscellaneous objects and donation of lands, but from the post-Gupta period to 12th century A. D. large number of inscriptions are concerned mainly with land grant. About 90% of copper plates of our period contain such inscriptions. The study of the records requires a careful examination and to composer of the praśasti had a mind to eulogise his patron and obviously we find some exaggeration in the narration. In the second type of donative records the writer has to describe the details of the grants and he has no other thought in his mind. These records casually mention the events of the period connected with the life of the king or some social features of the age. They are very particular to mention the boundary of the grant, the various kinds of taxes to be realised by the donee and the designations of officers concerned with the administration of the land. On the basis of such dynastic epigraphs one has to draw conclusions and make proper estimation of the social and religious conditions prevailing during the centuries from 700-1200 A. D. Moreover some of the readings of the inscriptions do not appear correct and I have to suggest .fresh readings ( on the basis of decipherment ) which forms the basis of my conclusions.

**Contents and Sample Pages**

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. What locations do you deliver to ?
    A. Exotic India delivers orders to all countries having diplomatic relations with India.
  • Q. Do you offer free shipping ?
    A. Exotic India offers free shipping on all orders of value of $30 USD or more.
  • Q. Can I return the book?
    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy
  • Q. Do you offer express shipping ?
    A. Yes, we do have a chargeable express shipping facility available. You can select express shipping while checking out on the website.
  • Q. I accidentally entered wrong delivery address, can I change the address ?
    A. Delivery addresses can only be changed only incase the order has not been shipped yet. Incase of an address change, you can reach us at help@exoticindia.com
  • Q. How do I track my order ?
    A. You can track your orders simply entering your order number through here or through your past orders if you are signed in on the website.
  • Q. How can I cancel an order ?
    A. An order can only be cancelled if it has not been shipped. To cancel an order, kindly reach out to us through help@exoticindia.com.
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Book Categories