Candellas of Jejakabhukti
The age of the Candellas is one of the glorious epochs of Ancient Indian History. Their history has been attracting the scholars ever since the publication of Cunningham?s Reports, but barring a few papers and a chapter each in Vaidya?s History of Mediaeval Hindu India and Ray?s Dynastic History of Northern India, there was no comprehensive work on the subject when I assigned the topic to Dr. Dikshit for his doctorate thesis (degree awarded in 1950). There has been considerable delay in the publication of the thesis, but it has enabled the author to revise and elaborate it in the light of subsequent discoveries. The present book gives an authentic account of the history of the Candellas, and is well documented. It is based on a critical appreciation of the available sources, literary as well as archaeological, and personal exploration leading to the discovery of certain inscriptions that had not been noticed earlier. The author has utilized Rupakasatakam, an important work of Candella times, for the first time-a work that has not been noticed by other writers on the subject. Dr. Dikshit is objective in his approach, uninfluenced by historical bias or dogmatism. On certain crucial points, where he has ventured to differ from other scholars, he has set forth his views with clarity-based on sound arguments. This work is a valuable contribution to the history of the Candellas, and I am sure, it will prove useful to all those who are interested in its study.