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Prayaga: The Site of Kumbha Mela

 
D.P. Dubey (Author)
Synopsis

The present work is an attempt to outline the essential features of the cultural history of Prayaga from varied sources with a view to bringing out that magnetic quality of the Tirtharaja which has been attracting multitudes from far and near. The greatness of Prayaga, perceptible since the Vedic period, is adumbrated in the Epic-Puranic literature, and is attested by epigraphic records, Buddhist and Jaina texts, foreign (Chinese, Muslim and European) accounts, treatises on tirtha, and vernacular literature which received and developed further this great traditional lore about Prayaga. Archaeological evidences have also been accumulated to a considerable extent. The task of sifting and interpreting this immense material, contained inter alia in the numerous and varied texts is not easy. The most ticklish problem faced by the researcher consists of imparting the traditional pronouncements an interpretation intelligible to the modern world but without prejudice to their original import.

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About the author

D.P. Dubey

Dr. D.P. Dubey (b. 1958) teaches Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology at the University of Allahabad. Dedicated particularly to a critical and systematic study of the sacred places in the Ganga valley, he is a serious researcher and has published widely in various scholarly journals. History, mythology, ritual, sacred geography and epigraphy are his other fields of interest. He runs the Society of Pilgrimage Studies as its general secretary.

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Bibliographic information

Title Prayaga: The Site of Kumbha Mela
Author D.P. Dubey
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173052034
length xviii+182p., Figures; Plates; Maps; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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