The Yukti-kalpataru is long known to scholars interested in Indian antiquities as a source of useful and interesting information, and has been utilized by some of them in their works; but the difficulty of having access to its manuscript copies, and the disadvantage of using unedited texts have long stood in their way of personally acquainting themselves at first hand with its contents and making them widely known. The present edition of the text is expected to remove this long felt want and help, within its own limits, towards the focussing of light on the secular and practical side of early Hindu civilisation which is yet dark in many of its aspects.
The work deals with diverse subjects of secular interest, such as a few topics relating to polity, construction of buildings and selection of sites therefore, articles of furniture, precious stones, ornaments, weapons, draught and other animals, vehicles, ships, ship-building, etc. The last two subjects are very rarely met with and contribute not a little to the value of the book.
The evidences brought together by the learned editor in the preface point to the elmanuscripts, one of which is an old transcript of the copy used by Dr. Rajendralala Mitra in the first volume of his Indo-Aryans. This transcript, it is hoped, has substantially fulfilled our desire to use its original, and made up for our inability to procure the latter for consultation.
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