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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

CONTEMPORARY EVIDENCE

Among the other literary works of the time of Kautilya, which throw light on this important change in society, the works of Bhasa can be mentioned. But his dramas mainly give us pictures of royal families.

The word he uses is Raja Kula; and there is a vivid description of it in his play called Avimaraka, as being guarded by high walls.

In the second Act the nurse of the Princess meets Avimaraka and, having proposed his Marriage to the Princess, asks him to get into the apartment of the Princess stealthily : she says :

‘This very day you must make your was into the princess's Palace. The honorable Bhutika, the Minister in-charge of tile Princess’s quarters, has gone out, with the ambassador of Benares, with all honors for our king’. 21

Avimaraka, accordingly enters the Rajakula at night, disguised as, a burglar. He first passes through the streets, and comes to the high walls of the Rajakula.

With the help of the rope that he carried with him he scales the high walls and alights near the stables, where elephants of the royal house hold are kept. Then he passes through the quarters of the servants, and then through the garden in which are an artificial river, and a verdant hillock.

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