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Temples & Legends Of Assam
Index Of Assam Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author's Introduction
Introduction Kamakhya
Asvakranta Vasisthasrama
Umananda Ugra Tara
Sukresvara  The Navagraha
Hajo Dah Parbatiya
Sib Sagar Tamresvari
Sri Surya Ruins The Hatimura Temple
The Satras-I The Satras-II
The Satras-III The Barpeta Satra
Majuli Satra Glossary
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

INTRODUCTION

Earlier references clearly illustrate that Pragjyotisa or Pragjyotisapura was on an extensive hill. This topographical feature of Pragjyotisa as described in the earlier texts correspond to an Austric formation like Pagar-juh (jo)tic (c'=ch), meaning a region of extensive hills. Thus Pragjyotisa may be a Sanshritisation of a non-Aryan formation.

The modern name of the province,Assam, is actually of quite recent origin. In the ancient records, both inscriptional and scriptural, the province was severally referred to under the names of Lauhitya and Kamarupa. Some scholars hold the view that the present name Assam is the corruption of a contribution from the Tais, a group of Tibeto-Burmans, who migrated to this country at the close of the 8th century A.D.

 

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