Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Migration of Brahmins as per Vakratentali Charter of Mahabhavagupta I in 938 AD

Migration of Brahmins as per Vakratentali Charter of Mahabhavagupta I in 938 AD

In this post I will talk about the migration of Brahmins as per Vakratentali Charter of Mahabhavagupta I in 938 AD.

Janamajeya Mahabhavagupta I, successor to Shivagupta belonged to the Somavamsa family which ruled over the area around Sambalpur region of Orissa. Mahabhavagupta I ruled from 935 AD to 970 AD.

In his 3rd year that is in 941 AD he issued the Vakratentali Charter.

As per the Vakratentali Charter, he granted a village west of Sonpur area  in Saran District of Bihar to a Brahmin Bhattaputra Jatarupa (Sanskrit: भट्टपुत्र जातरूप , Bengali : ভট্টপুত্র জাতরূপ ) son of Shrivaccha (Sanskrit: श्रीवच्छ, Bengali: শ্রীবচ্ছ ) , originally from Radha (south West Bengal).

Migration of Brahmins as per Vakratentali Charter of Mahabhavagupta I in 938 AD Map

Thus in 805 AD, Bengali Brahmin jAtarUpa migrated from Southern West Bengal to Saran District in Bihar.

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Reference
  • Migrant Brahmanas in Norther India, Swati Datta, Motilala Banarasidass, 1989
  • Ancient Indian History and Civilization By Sailendra Nath Sen
  • Brahmin Image: Image Source - www.drikpanchang.com
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