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Water Management in Andhra: From the Earliest to the 17th Century A.D.

D V Narayana Reddy (Author)
Synopsis As elsewhere in India the Andhra country is also an agro-oriented economy since historical times.  Needless to say, to boost up such economy, proper water management is indispensable.  Either rain or river dependence to improve the agricultural produce, harnessing the available waters, was well recognized even during the vedic period, nay in the Harappan culture itself.  Coming down to the historical period the best example for the advanced hydro-architectural technology is the Sudarsana tataka of the Junagadh inscription of Rudradaman.  In so far as the Andhra is concerned many inscriptions of the early historical period speak of several tanks while dileanating the boundaries of the gift villages.  Some of the villages had four or five tanks serving their irrigation needs.  Grants of agraharas brought large extents of land under cultivation and there was a corresponding increase in the tank excavation activities.  These activities registered a phenomenal growth the Kakatiya period.  The kings of this dynasty excavated extensive tanks justifiably called samundras.  The Vijaynagara period also witnessed similar activities with almost equal enthusiasm.  The Porumamilla inscription of Bhaskara Bhavadura lays down dos and don’ts in respect of excavating tanks.  Thus, the Water Management over centuries in the Andhra country is a fascinating study.  The present work throws new light on the subject spreading over a period of more than one and a half millenium.
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About the author

D V Narayana Reddy

Dr. D.V. Narayana Reddy (b.1957) is presently working as Associate Professor in the Sri Venogopala Swamy Degree Colllege, Nellore.  He obtained his M.A., M. Phil, and Ph. D. in History from Sri Venkatesvara University, Tirupati.  He has to his credit many research papers presented in National and Regional Seminars and Conferences.  Presently, he is engaged in a comparative study of Hydro-architectural techniques in Andhra and Karnataka during the historical times.

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Title Water Management in Andhra: From the Earliest to the 17th Century A.D.
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380569024
length xviii+224p., 7 Maps; Bibliography; Tables; Indes; 25cm.