A History of Civilisation in Ancient India Volume 2

A History of Civilisation in Ancient India Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...were called Yavanas; but it is not known if they were so called because descended from the Bactrian Greeks, or simply because they were Buddhists. Yayati Kesari expelled the Yavanas in 474 A.D., and began the Kesari or "Lion dynasty," and introduced Hinduism in its Puranic form. The Kesari dynasty reigned for nearly seven centuries, and the authentic history of Orissa begins with the commencement of this dynasty. The following chronological list, taken from Dr. Hunter's work, may interest our readers: --The Kesari kings had their capital at Bhuvanesvara, which they beautified with numerous temples and edifices, the remains of which are among the noblest specimens of Hindu architecture in India. The whole place is crowded with such buildings, and must have been, during the ascendency of the Kesari line, the most magnificent city in India' for temples and beautiful edifices. The first king, Yayati Kesari, is said to have founded-this capital, the name of which implies that the Siva or Bhuvanesvara was then the most popular deity of the Orissa Hindus..ajpur was another capital of Yayati, and the colossal statues there found also attest to the power and greatness of the dynasty, and to their devotion to Siva and his consort. Nripa Kesari, who reigned from 941 to 953 A.D., is said to have founded the city of Cuttack. A new dynasty, known as the Ganga Vansa, or the " Gangetic dynasty," succeeded the Lion dynasty. The origin of this dynasty is still involved in obscurity, but the name of the family as well as traditions connect them with Bengal; and it is probable they came from near the ancient Tamralipta or Tumlook. The rise of this dynasty marks a religious revolution; and as the Lion dynasty had supplanted...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854845
  • 9781236854841