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Lekhapaddhati: Documents of State and Everyday Life from Ancient and Medieval Gujarat

Pushpa Prasad


The Lekhapaddhati, whose translation with full annotation is offered in this volume, is unique in the whole body of ancient Sanskrit texts. It is a collection of actual or specimen documents (lekhas) by unknown compiler, in use for public transactions, administration, rules for drafting land grants, treaties between kings, credit and banking system, mortgage deeds, creditor (dhanika/vyavahāraka) and debtor’s relations, judicial disputes, and private letters. Presumably, written as a guide for official scribes and professional letter writers, it is the sole non-epigraphic repository of grants a ... More

Keywords: lekha, official scribes, professional letter writers, copper-plates, feudalism, slaves, land grants, credit and banking, private letters, mortgage deeds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195684476
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195684476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pushpa Prasad, author
Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University