Dakṣiṇa Kosala: A Rich Centre of Early Śaivism

Barkhuis, 1 jun. 2018 - 338 pagina's

This book deals with the early development of Śaivism in ancient Dakṣiṇa Kosala, the region that roughly corresponds to the modern state of Chhattisgarh, plus the districts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Kalahandi of Odhisha (formerly Orissa). At the end of the sixth and the beginning of the seventh century, this region was under the control of the Pāṇḍava king Śivagupta alias ‘Bālārjuna' hailing from Śrīpura (the modern village of Sirpur), who was a great patron of religion. Epigraphical evidence, supported by archaeological remains, has shown that by the time of Śivagupta's reign, which lasted for at least fifty-seven years, Dakṣiṇa Kosala was already a rich centre of early Śaivism.

In the context of this setting the following research questions were formulated: what circumstances fostered the rise and development of Śaivism in this area, and did the Skandapurāṇa, an important and contemporaneous religious scripture, play any role in that development? An answer to these questions would not only shed light on the religious processes at work in Dakṣiṇa Kosala, but would also touch upon the interplay of political, social, economic and geographical factors.


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The Case of Daks in a Kosala
Political Profile of Daks in a Kosala
Religious Profile of Daks in a Kosala
The Archaeological Remains of Saivism
Iconography of the Doorway to Sivas Abodes
The Case of Daks in a Kosala
Copperplate Charters and Stone Inscriptions
Stray Burhıkhar Copper Plate of Surabala
List of Figures

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