The present volume, the result of the intellectual labour, covers a subject of immense value for those interested in the reconstruction of ancient and mediaeval history and culture of Orissa, the major part of which is still in darkness. Based on the original documents in the form of copper plate and stone records, discovered from different parts of Orissa, it presents almost a complete picture of the history and culture of the period (C.A.D. 5th-8th century A.D.) in Orissa as part of the wider scene that obtained in the Indian sub-continent.
The volume deals with as many as sixty valuable epigraphic records that fall within the period set for the book which have been divided into five sections along with an extensive introductory analysis of the texts studied from various aspects. It presents a chronologically classified list of inscriptions which are of undoubted historical importance. In its originality of materials and the manner of presentation, the volume is sure to remain a source book for the research scholars in this field of their study.
About the Author:
Dr. Snigdha Tripathy has written books in Oriya on ancient Indian historical legends, a large number of research papers on early and mediaeval Orissan history and culture. She is one of the founder-members of the Orissa Research Society, Bhubaneswar and is co-editor of the Journal of the Orissa Research Society. She is carrying on research on the palaeography of Orissan inscriptions and also on the inscriptions of the Minor Ruling Families of Orissa. This book is a significant contribution in the field of Epigraphy and may be considered as a source book for the study of the history of Orissa.