The Kadambas of Goa & Their Inscriptions

The Kadambas of Goa & Their Inscriptions

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The Kadambas of Goa were an offshoot of the earliest Kadamba family of Karnataka viz., the Kadambas of Banavasi who ruled betwten 4th-6th cent. A.D. With the rise of Chalukyas of Badami they lost their imperial status and some members of the family migrated to the different places and served as subordinates of the imperial rulers. The Kadambas of Goa were one such family who were feudatories under Chalukyas of Kalyana and continued to serve the subsequent ruling families also.Though feudatories, they almost enjoyed a regal status with their own administrative system in their jurisdiction which covered Goa and almost the whole of Dharwad and Belgaum districts of Karnataka.Their inscriptions are a living evidence of their contribution to the growth of religion, society and culture of the area. The text given here are the result of extensive field work undertaken by the author herself. The book contributes immensely to the field of study of regional history.

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Dr.S. L.Shantakumari (b.1938) started her career as research Assistant in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy, Karnatak University, Dharwad and rose to the position of Professor and Chairman. She also held the position of Director of Research Centre for Women Studies and also Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the same University. Though retired in 1998, she still engages herself in Epigraphical and Historical studies; she has published several research articles in different Journals and Felicitation volumes and participated in several Seminars and Conferences. Her book History of the Agraharas – Karnataka (400 – 1300 A.D.), published in 1986, continues to be a standard reference work in the field.
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The Kadambas of Goa were an offshoot of the earliest Kadamba family of Karnataka viz., the Kadambas of Banavasi who ruled betwten 4th-6th cent. A.D. With the rise of Chalukyas of Badami they lost their imperial status and some members of the family migrated to the different places and served as subordinates of the imperial rulers. The Kadambas of Goa were one such family who were feudatories under Chalukyas of Kalyana and continued to serve the subsequent ruling families also.Though feudatories, they almost enjoyed a regal status with their own administrative system in their jurisdiction which covered Goa and almost the whole of Dharwad and Belgaum districts of Karnataka.Their inscriptions are a living evidence of their contribution to the growth of religion, society and culture of the area. The text given here are the result of extensive field work undertaken by the author herself. The book contributes immensely to the field of study of regional history.

The Author

Dr.S. L.Shantakumari (b.1938) started her career as research Assistant in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy, Karnatak University, Dharwad and rose to the position of Professor and Chairman. She also held the position of Director of Research Centre for Women Studies and also Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the same University. Though retired in 1998, she still engages herself in Epigraphical and Historical studies; she has published several research articles in different Journals and Felicitation volumes and participated in several Seminars and Conferences. Her book History of the Agraharas – Karnataka (400 – 1300 A.D.), published in 1986, continues to be a standard reference work in the field.

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