The region of south Panchala (upper Part of Ganga Yamuna Doab) played a conspicuous role in the growth of civilization in Ancient India. The present work, based on literary and archaeological sources and on a detailed survey of the area by the author himself, is one of the few critical studies on the regional historical geography so far done in the country. It highlights the activities of the people of this region and their cultural achievements from the earliest times to C. 1200 AD.
The book is the first comprehensive and integrated work on ancient geography of South Panchala. The source material from the Brahamanical, Buddhist and Jaina literature, the astronomical works and lexicons has been judiciously utilized in the present study. The accounts of the Greek historians and travel-records of distinguished writers such as Fahien, Hiuen-Tsang, Alberuni, etc. have been duly incorporated. Other sources utilized by the author are ancient inscriptions, coins, seals and sealing’s obtained from the area and the contiguous regions.
Dr. R. K. Paul (b. 1940) is at present working as the Head of the Department of History, Christ Church College, Kanpur University, Kanpur. His field of specialization is Ancient Historical Geography to which he has contributed several research papers. He is currently Director of I. C. H. R. project relating to the historical geography of Panchala.
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