The Gupta Polity
This book on Gupta Polity is a companion volume to the author`s earlier work The Mauryan Polity. The sources of information for a study of the subject are not as many as in the case of the later book. The author firmly believes that Kalidasa was not a protege of the Gupta Court but lived in second century b.c. and so his prolific works cannot be taken to throw any light on the Gupta empire. One has therefore to depend mainly on the Kamandakiya Nitisastra, the inscriptions and coins of the Gupta rulers and the accounts of the Chinese traveller Fa-hien for a knowledge of the Gupta Polity.
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Ill The Central Administration
Education and Discipline
The Central Administration Contd
Kumaramatyas and Uparikas
Revenue and Finance
Administration of Justice
V Military Organisation
Religion Section I Conception of a Secular State
Personal Religion of the Gupta
Case for Vaisnavism
Were they Saivas?
The cult of Surya
according administration Allahabad ancient army Asvamedha belonged Bhagavata bhukti Brahmana Brhaspati Buddhist Candragupta century A.D. conquered conquest copper-plate inscription Council court cult deity Dharma digvijaya District Divine duty dynasty early Gupta enemy evidence Fa-hien fact Fleet Garuda governor grant guild Gupta dynasty Gupta emperors Gupta empire Gupta inscriptions Gupta kings Gupta monarchs Gupta period Hindu History of India Ibid Imperial Guptas important Jayaswal Kalidasa Kamandaka Katyayana Kautalya kingdom Kumara Kumaragupta land legend Licchavis Line Magadha Maha Maharaja Maharajadhiraja Malavas mandala Mathura Mauryan means mentioned military minister Narada officer Pataliputra political prince provinces prowess Puranas raja Ramagupta records reference reign religion rule ruler Saiva Saka Samudra Samudragupta Sanskrit Sastras seals shows Siva Skanda Skandagupta Smrti stone inscription STONE PILLAR INSCRIPTION Sunga temple term territorial Text tion Uparika Vaisnava Vakataka Vedic Vikramaditya village visaya Visnu worship