Write note : Sthalakosh - History and Political Science

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Solution 1

Sthalakosh gives essential geographic information about Historical places.

It also gives details about Maharashtra in those days time, place and major events of the time.

Prachin Bharatiya Sthalakosh was composed by Siddheshwar Chitrav in 1969.

It gives information about places mentioned in Vedic literature, Kautiliya Arthashastra..etc.

Solution 2

  1. Geographic information is needed for historical studies. Hence, there are various encyclopaedias that give information about various historical places. These encyclopaedias are called Sthalakosh.
  2. ‘Sthanapothi’ composed by Muni Vyas of the Mahanubhav sect in 14th century C.E. is an encyclopaedic text which describes the places visited by Chakradhar Swami, the founder of the Mahanubhav sect. This text gives us a hint about Maharashtra in those days.
  3. As it gives details of the place, time and background of the events described in the Leelacharitra, it serves as an important source for writing about the life of Chakradhar Swami.
  4. In 1969, Siddheshwarshastri Chitrav compiled the encyclopaedic book viz. ‘Prachin Bharatiya Sthalakosh’. It provides information about various places mentioned in Vedic literature, Kautiliya’s Arthashastra, Panini’s Grammar, Valmiki’s Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, in Jain & Buddhist literature, in Greek, Chinese & Persian literature as well as in medieval Sanskrit literature and Shabdkosh.
Concept: Encyclopaedia and History
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