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Antiquities of the Chenab Valley in Jammu

P.K. Kaul (Author)
Synopsis Chenab as Chandrabhaga of Asikani, finds mention in various Hindu scriptures including Rgveda and Purans and indicates its importance in ancient times. However its antiquarian value and importance, till date, has very little been studied or explored. We hardly come across any book pertaining to the region, although considerable study material, in terms of Iconography, paleography, inscriptional material, temple structures, archaeology and other related subjects, is available from numerous high lands valleys and mountain hutmets of the valley in the hills and mountains of Jammu. We know that unlike Kashmir, from where not a single Brahmi inscription or Sharda copper plate has been traced, we have recorded three Brahmi inscriptions, one Sharda copper plate, numerous inscriptions and copper plates in Sharda, Takri and Devnagri, as also important Sanads, Grants, firmans, official letters and the like, written in the aforesaid languages. The need to collect, classify, decipher and evaluate all such record is no less an important task, for the researchers as well as scholars. Inscriptions, copper plates and similar other records are the most authentic sources of information for the study of regional topics. It is in this context than an attempt is made by the author, in this monograph, to evaluate the antiquity of the region, and valuable material in terms of some 150 items of inscriptional record, copper plates, Sanads, Pattas, grants, official certificate and firmans etc. have been treated. All these pertain to the valleys of Chenab and its tributaries in the mountains of Jammu.
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About the author

P.K. Kaul

Dr. P.K. Kaul, born at Bhadarwah J & K, is a research Scholar of repute, having experience, in diverse fields of regional study. Being a science graduate in Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Bio-Science, and Science teacher in Secondary Schools in earlier part of his professional career, he has developed a logical approach in dealing with the topics of his study. He later worked in various state colleges, and retired as a Professor of Hindi from Govt. Women's College Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Presently he is working as Principal Investigator of specified and unspecified Pahari dialects or Jammu, a University Grants Commission Project. He writes both in Hindi as well as in English, and his works include a dozen of research publications (books) on diverse regional topics including linguistics, folk lore, biographies, history and culture and paleography also. In addition he has contributed scores of research articles published in various magazines and newspapers from many parts of North India. He has to his credit two poetic collections also. The author is presently settled at Jammu.

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Title Antiquities of the Chenab Valley in Jammu
Author P.K. Kaul
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178540061
length xxvi+313p., Tables; B/w Plates; Abbreviations; Annexures; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.