Overview for The Yuga Purana
The Yuga-Purana is unique in being the only Indian text that refers in any detail to Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian incursions into Central India. It also contains what is almost certainly the earliest account of the four Yugasâ€”the ages of manâ€”in a form that was later adopted by both the Mahabharata and the Puranas. It is thus a key text for the study of both a period of early Indian history and the evolution of Indian ideas of time. In his latest revised edition of this work, Dr. Mitchiner presents the definitive text of the Yuga-Purana based on all known manuscripts, including new additions that he has uncovered since the first edition was published. This is accompanied by a full and detailed study of the issues raised by the Yuga-Purana.
John E. Mitchiner (Author)
John Mitchiner graduated from Bristol University and obtained both M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, where his doctoral thesis was on the Sanskrit traditions of the Seven Rsis. Following a year in Varanasi, he held successive research fellowships between 1977 and 1979 at Visva - Bharati, Santiniketan and at Calcutta University. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1980; following assignments in Istanbul, New Delhi and Berne he was appointed HM Ambassador to Armenia in 1997 and British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata in 2000. He has traveled extensively throughout India, the Middle East and South - East Asia. He is the author of Studies in the Indus Valley Inscriptions, Traditions of the Seven Rsis, and Guru : The Search for Enlightenment, as well as of numerous articles on Indian history and religion.