Lokaprakasa by Ksemendra with the Commentary of Sahaja Bhatta, Volume 1, Hardback Book

Lokaprakasa by Ksemendra with the Commentary of Sahaja Bhatta, Volume 1 Hardback

Part of the Harvard Oriental Series series


The Lokaprakasa by well-known Kashmirian author Ksemendra (fl. 1050 CE) is a unique Sanskrit text that deals with details of public administration, from the king down to the village level.

It includes private sale and mortgage documents as well as marriage contracts--documents that are little attested outside medieval Kashmir. In the first decade of the 20th century, famous explorer and Kashmiri specialist Sir M.

Aurel Stein asked his friend, learned Kashmiri Pandit Sahaja Bhatta, to prepare an edition of this significant text with commentary explaining many otherwise obscure terms.

The manuscript was originally projected to be published by Stein and Charles Lanman in the early 1930s, in a facsimile edition.

Long lost, the manuscript has been recovered in the Soci t Asiatique in Paris and is now published here.

The text fills a large gap in our knowledge of private life and public administration in medieval India and will greatly interest Sanskritists and historians alike.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780674980389



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