Monday, September 1, 2014

23. S.N. Roy and Meghas dynasty

प्रसिद्ध इतिहासकार व पुरातत्ववेत्ता प्रोफ़ेसर एसएनरॉय मेघ कालीन अभिलेखों के विश्लेषण में इस राजवंश के बारे में लिखते हैं-

"Explaining the position comparatively in a greater detail, Sastri points out that dynastic text as reconstructed by Pargiter avers in the usual prophetic vein that there would flourish nine wise and powerful kings well known as Maghas, that according to Pargiter, the dynasties mentioned here of which Megha is one, flourished in the third century A. D., that on account of the similarity of this dynnastic designation with the word Magha found suffixed to the names of some of the members of what is popularly known as the Magha dynasty, the Meghas of the Puranas have by common consent been identified with the Maghas, that since the manuscripts of the Puranas give variant readings of the dynastic appellation, it is possible that the origional reading was Magha and the substitution of medial "e" for "a" is due to copyists, that according to the Puranas, the Meghas (or Maghas) ruled in Kosala, that in view of its association with some areas of Deccan like Mekala and Nishadha and Nala Dynasty Kosala in present context, appears to refer to south Kosala which comprised the Chhattisgarh region of Madhya Pradesh and Sambhalpur district of Orissa; that the find spot of the records of the Maghas, on the other hand in between Bandhogarh in the south to Fatehpur in the north with Kausambi approximately occupying the central position; which judging from the province of inscription, formed the southernmost part of Magha kingdom is situated at a distance of a few hundred kilometers from the northernmost portion of Chhattisgarh region, that this discripancy must be explained away if the Maghas of the inscriptions, coins and seals are taken as identical to the Meghas of the Puranas." Pages; 36-37

Reference: S N Roy, "Magha Inscriptions in the Allahabad Museum", Allahabad, 1999.

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