Friday, January 15, 2016

Migration of Brahmins as per Navalakhi Plates of Maitraka Shiladitya I in 545 AD


Migration of Brahmins as per Navalakhi Plates of Shiladitya I in 545 AD

In this post I will talk about the migration of Brahmins as per Navalakhi Plates of Maitraka Shiladitya I in 545 AD.

Maitraka dynasty was a Hindu dynasty that ruled in Gujarat and Saurashtra (Kathiawar) from the 5th to the 8th century ce. Under the powerful Shiladitya I (c. late 6th century), the kingdom became very influential; its rule extended into the regions of Malwa and Rajasthan. Siladitya I, Dharmaditya was described by Hiuen Tsang as a "monarch of great administrative ability and of rare kindness and compassion".

As per the Navalakhi Plates, he granted a village in Vadnagar in Gujarat to 44 Brahmins all of whom had emigrated from Samgapuri which is today known as Shapur Sorath near Junagadh. All these Brahmins migrated from Shahpur to Baroda region and received a village which they were to share among themselves.

Migration of Brahmins as per Navalakhi Plates of Shiladitya I in 545 AD Map

Thus in 545 AD, 44 Gujrati Brahmins migrated from Southern West Gujarat to North East Gujarat.

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Reference
  • Migrant Brahmanas in Norther India, Swati Datta, Motilala Banarasidass, 1989
  • Brahmin Image: Image Source - www.drikpanchang.com
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this interesting post. I am a coin collector and I have quite a few coins of the Maitrakas of Valabhi. They follow the Gupta portrait style on the obverse and a trident on the reverse. While the Gupta precursor coins were in silver, the Maitraka coins are very debased and contain mostly copper.

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