Friday, March 11, 2011

On the date of migration of the Sāgnika Paṁcabrāhmaṇa (5 Brahmins) - 02

Based on King Vallāla Sena's granting kulina status to the descendants of the migrated Brahmins:

Vallāla Sena (Ballal Sen) ruled from 1159 to 1178 C.E. (In 1169 Dānsāgara was composed by him). Vallāla Sena granted kulina status to the descendants of the migrated Brahmins.

According to Rāḍhi and Vārendra kulagrantha (genealogical books), by the time of King Vallāla Sena's reign, 8 to 15 generations had elapsed from the time of the migration of 5 original Brahmins.

Accordingly:
i. Assuming a generation gap of 25 years
ii. And assuming that the conferring of Kulin status to the descendants happened in 1170 AD (in the middle of the reign of King Vallāla Sena)

The migration would have happened somewhere between 795 C.E to 970 C.E.
 
Thus, time period of migration of the Sāgnika Paṁcabrāhmaṇa (the ancestors of present day Bengali Rāḍhi and Vārendra Brahmins) would have been during the period 795 C.E to 970 C.E.

However as I shall discuss later, a better way to interpret the above data is to assume that there were multiple migrations of Brahmins to Bengal.

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