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Dakṣiṇa Kosala : a rich centre of early Śaivism / Natasja Bosma.

Author/Creator:
Bosma, Natasja, author.
Publication:
Groningen : Barkhuis, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
vi, 331 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Subjects:
Chhattīsgarh (India) -- Antiquities.
India -- Chhattīsgarh.
Śaivism -- India -- Chhattīsgarh -- History.
Śaivism.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
This book deals with the early development of Saivism in ancient Daksina Kosala, the region that roughly corresponds to the modern state of Chhattisgarh, plus the districts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Kalahandi of Odhisha (formerly Orissa). At the end of the sixth and the beginning of the seventh century, this region was under the control of the Pandava king Sivagupta alias 'Balarjuna' hailing from Sripura (the modern village of Sirpur), who was a great patron of religion. Epigraphical evidence, supported by archaeological remains, has shown that by the time of Sivagupta's reign, which lasted for at least fifty-seven years, Daksina Kosala was already a rich centre of early Saivism. In the context of this setting the following research questions were formulated: what circumstances fostered the rise and development of Saivism in this area, and did the Skandapurana, an important and contemporaneous religious scripture, play any role in that development? An answer to these questions would not only shed light on the religious processes at work in Daksina Kosala, but would also touch upon the interplay of political, social, economic and geographical factors.
This book deals with the early development of Saivism in ancient Daksina Kosala, the region that roughly corresponds to the modern state of Chhattisgarh, plus the districts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Kalahandi of Odhisha (formerly Orissa). At the end of the sixth and the beginning of the seventh century, this region was under the control of the Pandava king Sivagupta alias 'Balarjuna' hailing from Sripura (the modern village of Sirpur), who was a great patron of religion. Epigraphical evidence, supported by archaeological remains, has shown that by the time of Sivagupta's reign, which lasted for at least fifty-seven years, Daksina Kosala was already a rich centre of early Saivism.00In the context of this setting the following research questions were formulated: what circumstances fostered the rise and development of Saivism in this area, and did the Skandapurana, an important and contemporaneous religious scripture, play any role in that development? An answer to these questions would not only shed light on the religious processes at work in Daksina Kosala, but would also touch upon the interplay of political, social, economic and geographical factors.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the George Clapp Vaillant Book Fund.
Contributor:
George Clapp Vaillant Book Fund.
ISBN:
9492444674
9789492444677
OCLC:
1033901833
Publisher Number:
99980200665
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