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Pratna Bharatam: Glory of Archaeology, Art, Epigraphy And Protection of Cultural Heritage (In 2 Volumes)

Jeeban Kumar Patnaik (Editor) Noor Bano Sattar (Editor)

The book is a collection of research papers in honour of Dr. Phanikanta Mishra, Regional Director (East) and Competent Authority of Heritage by-laws in the Archaeological Survey of India, Kolkata. The papers included are the outcome of researches on archaeological explorations and excavations, art, architecture, epigraphy, conservation and heritage management from some of his close friends and learned scholars who acknowledge him as an eminent archaeologist of repute and admire him in the scholarly world. The first volume is devoted to the detailed reports of some outstanding and interesting discoveries of Dr. Mishra made in the field of Archaeology and History.

Bound in two volumes these papers, supported with plates, notes, references and bibliography, are altogether grouped in six sections, i.e. Section-I: Memoirs, Section-II: Archaeology, Section-III: Art and Epigraphy, Section IV: Architecture, Section V: Protection of Cultural Heritage, and Section VI: Reconstruction of History.


1. Archaeological Remains from the Neolithic to the Pala Period at Maner, Bihar

2. Memorial Stones in Orissa: Daya River Valley

3. Asurgarh-Narla, Orissa: An Overview

4. Buddhist Vestiges of Boudh District: An Ethno-Archaeological Study

5. A Glimpse of the Cultural Heritage of Sri Suryapahar in North-East India

6. Reconstructing the Hunter-Gatherer of the Late Pleistocene: A Study of Ayodhya Hills, Purulia District, West Bengal

7. Investigating the Origin and Expansion of Megalithic and Hoabinhian Tradition in North East India

8. Ptolemy’s Palura: An Archaeological Perspective

9. Hikudi: A Neolithic Habitation Site on the Middle Mahanadi Valley Region, Odisha

10. Antiquities in Simraon Garh (Nepal): A Forgotten Capital of the Karnata Kings of Mithila

11. Archaeological Exploration in Jira River Valley, Odisha12. Maritime Glory of Odisha

13. Prehistoric Heritage of North-east of India with Special Reference to the Distribution of Polished Stone Tools (Neoliths?) and its Related Issues

14. Microlithic Industries of the Ong River Valley, Odisha

15. Archaeological Heritage at Katragarh in North Bihar

16. Archaeological Remains of Langudi Hill, Odisha

17. Archaeological Remains and Maritime Activities in Coastal Odisha



18. Three Manasa Sculptures from Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal

19. Animal Motifs in the Jaina Art of Odisha: A Study on the Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri

20. The Baud Copper Plate Grant of Ranabhanjadeva: Year 7

21. Documenting the Unsung Evidences of the Downfall of Sanchi: The Enigma Unveiled!

22. Dikpalas in Buddhist Monastic Art of Den - Zong Valley

23. Two Unpublished Images of Simhanada Lokesvara from Bihar

24. Tantric Buddhism in Odisha with Special Reference to Ratnagiri

25. Buddhism in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim: A Comparative Perspective

26. Ramayana in Plastic and Performing Arts of Bengal

27. Reflection of Mahabharata in the Art, Literature and Culture of West Bengal

28. Some Observations on the Astronomical Data as Revealed from the Image Inscriptions of the Pala-Sena Rulers

29. Indra as Depicted in Epigraphy and Art of Early Assam

30. Sculptural Remains from the Mathas of Puri

31. Recent Epigraphical Discoveries in Western Odisha

32. Mauryan Art in Kalinga: A Reappraisal

33. A Note on the Three Brahmi Inscriptions of the Khandagiri-Udayagiri Hills and the Writer of Kharavela’s Hatigumpha Inscription

34. Goddess Biraja: A Fusion and Symbol of Multi-Religious Cult

35. Contributions of Jagya Kumar Sahu to Epigraphical Studies in Odisha


36. Architectural Monastic Marvel of Simhaprastha Mahavihara (Udayagiri-2)

37. Odantapuri Mahavihara

38. Art and Architecture of Bhubanesvara-Mahadeva Temple at Balia, Odisha

39. The Glory of Kushana Architecture (The Harwan Tiles)

40. Krishnalila in Odishan Temples

41. A Unique Jagamohana Discovered from the Excavations at Jatar Deul, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

42. Few Late Mediaeval Temples at Pathra, West Bengal

43. Eighty Pillared Hall and the Question of Achaemenid Influence


44. Stop the Pillage: Illicit Trafficking in Archaeological Heritage

45. Buddhist Heritage Sites in Odisha : A Concept of Archaeological Open Air Museum

46. Restoration of The Last Supper an Old Historic Painting in St. John’s Church, Kolkata

47. Museum Movement in India: with special reference to Odisha

48. Excavated Sites at Odisha: Conservation and Management

49. Chemical Preservation of Ancient Brick Structure: Excavated Buddhist Site at Lalitagiri, Odisha

50. Importance of Original Mortar for Conservation of Historic Buildings

51. Scientific Conservation of Chausathi Yogini Temple, Hirapur, Odisha


52. Origin of Image Worship: A Case Study of Buddhism

53. Teachings of the Gita and the Edicts of Ashoka

54. South Asian Corridors of Silk Roads Connecting India

55. Trans-Pacific Contacts : India and its relationship with the Mayan Civilisation

56. Foreign Influence on Early Historic Culture of Mahanadi-Kathajodi Delta

57. Early Mithila and Magadha

58. The Concept of Evolution Embedded in the Bodhisattva Ideal

59. Position of Women in Early Medieval Mithila

60. Trade and Trade Routes of Early Odisha: An Archaeological Perspective

61. Relevance of Kautilya’s Arthashastra in Reforming Indian Criminal Justice System

62. Brahmanical Buddhist Religious Order in Early Medieval Odisha

63. Bauddh Dharm Aur Aahat Mudra

64. Sitamani evam Janakpur ke Purav Shesh

65. Mithila-Mandal-Mandita.

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About the authors

Jeeban Kumar Patnaik

Dr. Jeeban Kumar Patnaik is currently the Superintending Archaeologist, Excavation Branch-IV, ASI, Bhubaneswar. He has contributed a number of research articles in the field of Archaeology, History, Culture, Art and Architecture, Epigraphy and Numismatics. He conducted archaeological excavation of Suabarei from 2014-2016 at Pipli, Dist Puri, Odisha as a director.

Noor Bano Sattar

Dr. Noor Bano Sattar obtained a first class Master’s Degree in Ancient Indian History and Culture with Fine Arts as her special paper from the University of Calcutta (1998) with the First Class First Rank. She joined as a lecturer in Ancient Indian and World History in Govt. Sanskrit College, Kolkata (2008) and is still serving the department as an Assistant Professor and Head.

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Bibliographic information

Title Pratna Bharatam: Glory of Archaeology, Art, Epigraphy And Protection of Cultural Heritage (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 29.07.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 9788174791917
length cxxiv+562p., Colour; B/W Plates; 29cm.