Essays on Indian Antiquities: Historic, Numismatic, and Palĉographic, Volume 1

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Page 122 - VVe must not be surprised at finding, on a close examination, that the characters of all the pagan deities, male and female, melt into each other, and at last into one or two ; for it seems a well-founded opinion that the whole crowd of gods and goddesses, in ancient Rome and modern Varanes, mean only the powers of nature, and principally those of the sun, expressed in a variety of ways and by a multitude of fanciful names 8.
Page 321 - Vigraha, sovereign of the earth, be fixed, as in reason it ought, in the bosoms (akin to the mansion of dalliance) of the women with beautiful eye-brows, who were married to thy enemies ! There is no doubt of thy being the highest of embodied souls.
Page 173 - ... company belongs to very wealthy men. Something more than two millions of that owned in the United States belongs to persons holding upwards of one hundred thousand dollars each. • It is also true that foreigners own seven millions, or one-fifth of the capital.
Page 5 - India, where every individual is a man of business in the civil or military state, and constantly occupied, either in the affairs of government, in the administration of justice, in some department of revenue or commerce, or in one of the liberal professions. Very few hours, therefore, in the day or night, can be reserved for any study that has no immediate connection with business, even by those who are most habituated to mental application...
Page 363 - A very great portion of the contents of many, some portion of the contents of all, is genuine and old. The sectarial interpolation, or embellishment, is always sufficiently palpable to be set aside without injury to the more authentic and primitive material...
Page 317 - By him, who obtained with his own arm an undivided sovereignty on the earth for a long period...
Page 321 - The following is Colebrooke's rendering ('As. Res.' viii., 130) of the Sanskrit text, which has been verified by Prof. Wilson from an independent copy of the -original made by myself : — ' In the year 1220 [AD 1164], on the fifteenth day of the bright half of the month of Vaisakh (this monument) of the fortunate...
Page 167 - Prinsep's endeavour to associate the double object, but which may be more reasonably explained by the supposition that certain topes were made to serve both ends, but at different times and under altered circumstances. The Sanchi Topes, like those of Ceylon, seem to have been (another) encasing it, thirty cubits in height. The king Dutthag&mini, while residing there, during his subjugation of the malabars, constructed a dagoba encasing that one, eighty cubits in height. Thia Mahiyangana dagoba was...
Page 363 - Vallabha in the sixteenth ; and the Puranas seem to have accompanied or followed their • innovations, being obviously intended to advocate the doctrines they taught. This is to assign to some of them a very modern date, it is true ; but I cannot think that a higher can with justice be ascribed to them.
Page 151 - present in this cemetery, accept from us this eight-fold un" perishable oblation : may they convey the deceased to " pleasing and eternal abodes, and grant to us life, health, " and perfect ease. This eight-fold oblation is offered to " SIVA and other deities : salutation unto them.

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