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
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.
A. KAMALA VASINI
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