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New Discoveries in Mansar (Maharashtra, India)

09 January 2009
The history and culture of  the central Indian dynasty of the Vakatakas (4th--5th cent. AD)
 is the subject of a long-standing research project  of  Hans Bakker.  The centre of the Vakataka kingdom was around the
Ramagiri (Ramtek Hill) and the neighbouring  village of Mansar (Maharashtra), 47km north of Nagpur.
Recent archaeological excavations near the village of Mansar, have brought to light an astonishing temple and residential complex along with a collection of superb sculptures and other artefacts, which date to the first half of the 5th century AD, when the Vākāţaka monarchs, Prabhāvatī Guptā and Pravarasena ruled the area.

In order to discuss these new discoveries, an international symposium was organized by Bakker  in the British Museum, 30 June – 1 July, 2008. It was attended by eighteen scholars from three continents. They contributed to a lively debate at the round table, and many of them read a paper; these, in revised and detailed form, are collected in a volume that appeared at the end of 2008: 

Hans Bakker (ed.),  Mansar: The Discovery of Pravareśvara and Pravarapura, Temple and Residence of the Vakataka King Pravarasena II.

This e-book can be downloaded from:

Last modified:04 July 2014 9.13 p.m.

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