Feb 9 th, 2016
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Gupta and Post-Gupta Period: Society, Economy and Polity (550 BC to 750 AD) – One Liners Ingenuity 3


• Land grants to religious institutions were called Brahmadeya, (i.e. donated to Brahmins) Devadana (donated to Gods) and Agrahara (Settlement – of priests).

• Vishwarup’s Balasera commentary on Yanjnavalkyas Smriti

• Pratipada Panchika a commentary on Kautilya’s Arthashastra by Bhattaswami

• Kulluka Bhatt wrote a commentary on Manu Smriti

• Manu: lend to Brahmin at low interest

• Apasthamba

• Yajnavalkya: Women right to inheritance

• Fahien: No death penalty

• Alberuni: Indians has no sense of history

• Hieun Tsang: More yield of Indian than requires
o He also describes how mihirkula invaded Magadha, but was defeated and captured by the Gupta king Baladitya
o He also mentions celebrated events of Harsha’s reign as the assemblies at Kanauj and Prayag

• Patanjali’s Mahabhashya is a monumental work in the tradition of Paninian grammar.

• Panchtantra: earliest story collection book of Gupta Period

• Hitopadesh was written in 1675 AD by Sri narayan Pandit

• Abhijanshakuntalam aa Sanskrit work by Kalidasa contains description of the king dushyant of Hastinapur

• Two famous plays of Vishakhadutta are Mudrarakshasha and Devichandra guptam

• Mrichchhakatika of Sudraka by M. R. Kale contains the love story of Brahman charudatta and courtesan Vasantsena

• Ashtadhyayi written by Panini was the first test of Sanskrit grammar

• Barbic tradition of rajasthan claims that the Gurjara Pratiharas were born out of a yajna done at Mount Abu.

• Pratihara Bhoja I defeated Krishna II and captured region of Malwa and Gujarat, he was also a devotee of Vishnu and adopted the title Adivaraha

• Rajashekhar a Sanskrit poet lived at the court of Mahendrapala I

• Palas king Devapala was requested by the king of SUvarnadvipa erected a monastery in Nalanda and requested him to denote five villages for the maintenance of that monastery

• Rashtrakuta king Dhruva was the first ruler who intervened in the tripartite struggle

• King Amoghavarsha wrote Kavirajamarga

• Malwa Inscription: It tells about the king Yashovarman of Malwa who defeated Mihirkula

• Bhatarka leader of Maitraka clan established a kingdom at saurashtra with capital at Valabhi

• Sasanka occupied Gauda and established capital at Karnasuvarna

• King Harshavardhan was also known as Siladitya

• Banabhatta wrote in harshacharita about the events leading him to rose to power

• Aihole inscription mentions that harsh met defeat at the hands of Pulakesin II: CHalukyan king of badami

• Harsha used to celebrate the religious festival at the end of every five years at eh confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati

• VIndhyashakti was the real founder of Vakataka empire and he was the only vakataka ruler to get the title of samrat, he also performed Vajapeyayajna and Ashcamedhayajna

• Bhavabhuti the dramatist was the author of: Malati – Madhava, Uttar Rama – Charita and Mahavira – Charita

• Pratiharas ruled north-India for two hundred years from around 8th – 10th c AD

• Daughter of Chandragupta II prabhavti Gupta was married in Vakataka family to Rudrasena II

• Ravikriti composed Aihole Inscription

• Kadamba dynasty was founded by Mayursanman

• Pallava king Mahendravarman I was a poet and singer and also composed a play Mattavilas prahasna

• King Narsimhavarman adopted the title of Vatapikonda

• King Pulakesin II of the Chalukya dynasty overran Kanchi thrice.

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