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Author: Anant Pai
Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Ram Waeerkar
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175081192/0478/1499/3226
This set combines 4 issues titled:
4. Vikramaditya’s Throne
History chronicles innumerable kings who were brave conquerors and valiant soldiers. But Ashoka stands above them all because he is the only one who at the zenith of his conquests saw the futility of violence and had the courage to renounce it.
This volume is based on the original research of the author into the Mahavamsa, the Dipavamsa, the commentary on the Mahavamsa, and the edicts of Ashoka. Pali manuscripts and other secondary sources have also been extensively studied in gleaning facts which should kindle a new interest in Ashoka.
If Harsha is remembered till this day as a great ruler, it is not only because he was a brave military leader, but also because he was a man of noble impulses, a great patron of learning and letters and he had great scholars like Banabhatta, Mayura and Divakara in his court.
Harsha came to occupy the throne of Thaneshwar at a very critical moment in its history. His father had died and his elder brother had been murdered by a powerful enemy. The neighbouring kingdom, Kannauj, ruled by Harsha’s brother-in-law, had been overrun. Harsha not only surmounted these difficulties, but raised the small kingdom of Thaneshwar into the most powerful kingdom in Northern India.
Banabhatta’s Harshacharita gives a detailed account of Harsha’s life till he rescues Rajyashri. We know more about the political and economic conditions of his times from the account of Hiuen Tsang, who visited India during his reign.
Chandragupta Vikramaditya (A.D. 380-413), the son of Samudragupta, is one of the most familiar and celebrated names in Indian History. He is remembered for his valour, courage, sense of justice and above al his burning patriotism, due to which he succeeded in expelling the Sakas from Western India.
The incidents narrated in this book are based on Devi Chandragupta by Visakhadatta. This work is now lost but a few passages from it, quoted in other books, give us a glimpse of the events narrated in it. There are also references to episodes in the life of Chandragupta in literary works and inscriptions of a later period. Chandragupta Vikramaditya’s reign brought peace and prosperity to a wide area extending from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea, and from the Himalayas to the Vindhyas. It is perhaps this that won for Chandragupta Vikramaditya a permanent place in the hearts of the people of India.
Fa-hien, the Chinese pilgrim who traveled over India for more than ten years (A.D. 400-411) during the reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya, has left an interesting record of the country and the life of the people inhabiting it.
4. VIKRAMADITYA’S THRONE
The story of Vikramaditya’s Throne is the story of how the marvellous throne belonging to Raja Vikramaditya was destined to be discovered centuries later by Raja Bhoja; and how Raja Bhoja was instrumental in releasing from a curse the 32 Apsaras-turned-statues that supported the throne by listening patiently to each of the 32 stories, on the life and adventures of the magnanimous Vikramaditya, that they narrated.
The frame-story of the throne, the 32 stories as narrated by each, of the statues and the 25 stories told by a Vetala to Vikramaditya in one of his adventures, are all contained in the original Sanskrit work Vikrama Charitra, written sometime between the 11th century and the 13the century. The stories gathered a lot of dross as they were retold in various regions in various languages of our country. As a result, today there exist numerous slightly differing versions of the same stories coming from different parts of the country.