Author: D Dayalan
Publisher: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8180900096
It is indeed axiomatic that the written records form the skeletal element for reconstructing the political vicissitudes and cultural matrix of the land. However, the utilization of inscriptions as an adduce to substantiate the theories are quite often proved to be nebulous and arbitrary.
The precocious notations bypassing the experimentation of browsing the entire gamut of historical records not only generate misconception in the mind of readers but also supply a distorted picture of history. Therefore, it is found inevitable to study the inscriptions through the process of statistical analysis to overcome the above shortfall. The statistical methodology thus gradually gains currency among the academicians and few attempts made recently in consonance with this, have yielded welcoming results. However, the scheme of analytical investigation concentrated essentially to the Cola and later periods and the coverage of this fascinating experiment is hardly extended to the Pallava period.
The present work is an outcome of the author’s endeavour to fill up to the extent possible, the vacuum of systematic analysis of the entire inscriptional data of Pallava period applying the computer technology. The inscriptions subjected to probe in the present work range from last decade of the third century AD to the beginning of the tenth century AD and are distributed in the northern districts of the Tamil Nadu and its adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The author scanned all the epigraphs as much as possible to cull out the following relevant information from them. They are: Proper names, Divinities/ legendary names, Place names, Corporate bodies, Big territories, Tenures, Land, Water sources, Road, Taxes, Crafts and communities, Official designations, Industries, Weights and measurements, Imprecatory terms, Temples, Coins and currency, Technical and Administrative terms, etc. Each classification has many sub-categories. All the information classified so, are arranged chronologically along with related informations. The concordance is so rich that it can be referred to and analysed in various angles and for various purposes.
LIST OF MAPS AND CHARTS
List 1. Abbreviations of Epigraphical Series
List 2. The States, Districts and Taluks with their Abbreviations and Village names
List 3. Abbreviations of the Pallava Kings’ Names
The District Marks used for various Hindi and Tamil Letters
Explanatory notes on datas with related information
1. Proper Names
2. Divinities and Ancestors/Legendary Figures
3. Place Names
4. Corporate Bodies
5. Big Territories
8. Hills, Stones and other terms
9. Utensils, Weapons, Musical Instruments and other Materials
10. Animals, Birds and other related terms
11. Regnal year, Month, Day and Time
12. Grains, Flowers, Perfumes, Food Stuffs, etc.
13. Eulogy, Pedigree, Title etc.
14. Warfield, Army, Thief and Royal Insignia
15. Water Bodies and Irrigation System
17. Taxes and Privileges
18. Guilds and Communities
19. Official Designations
20. Industry and Craft
21. Gotra, Sutra and Others
22. Kula, Vamsa, Race and other related Names
23. Relation terms
24. Weights and Measures
25. Imprecation and other similar terms
26. Temples, Mathas, Festivals and others
27. Coins and Currency
28. Technical Terms
29. Administrative Terms
30. Rate of Interest, Interest, Terms, etc.
31. Terms Related to Purpose of Donation, Memorial, etc.
32. Architectural Terms
33. Ritual Terms