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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

These interpretations do not stand the test of philology and etymology. The Tibeto - Burmans, speaking a language different from the Indo-Aryans, could not be expected to use a nomenclature unknown to them, a compound Sanskrit word (Na+sama). The second derivation, though philologically permissible, cannot stand for the simple reason that the place name Assam is of recent origin.

The name of the province, Assam, is connected with the Shan invaders who entered the Brahmaputra valley in the beginning of the thirteenth century A.D., and who, were known as Ahoms. The tradition of the Ahoms is that the present name is derived from Asama in the sense of "unequalled" or "peerless".

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