Thursday, 1 February 2018

Coromandel: A Personal History of South India : Charles Allen : Buddhism in Chola country

Since the submission of my Ph.D., thesis entitled "Buddhism in the Chola country" (1999) (in Tamil) in Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, I have seen in many places the citing of my work. When I started writing my book on this topic, I searched for some more additional information. At that time I happened to see the citing of my Ph.D., thesis in some books. 

I registered for my research in 1993. For the past two and half decades, I have seen my work being referred to in so many places. Many scholars have discussed about it. The importance of my research could be understood by me.

Recently, while referring some works I came across the clippings from the book "Coromandel: A Personal History of South India" written by Charles Allen (Little Brown Book Group, London, 2017). In this book the starting of my research from 1993, finding of Kandramanickam Buddha and Kranthi Buddha and identification of 60 Buddha statues during the field study etc., have been found.

Besides my Ph.D., thesis, the following have been discussed in the book:
The status of Nagapattinam Buddha vihara in 1850s
Finding of five Buddhas in the vihara site
Finding of 350+ Nagapattinam bronze Buddhas in Nagapattinam
Finding of 45+ Buddhas in Sellur in 2004

Dr S.Boopathy has sent the above page in which the following note has been found as photo caption for the second photograph: "Dr Jambulingam kneels by a damaged torso of the Buddha found in January 2015 in a field of sugarcane in the village of Manalur, near Thanjavur." This Buddha was found near Ayyampet in Thanjavur district during field study carried out by me alongwith Mr Mani. Maaran. The finding have been published in many newspapers including The Hindu, The New Indian Express and Times of India.  

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  1. முனைவர் அவர்களுக்கு எமது வாழ்த்துகளும்...

  2. வலைதளத்தில் தங்கள் பணி மேலும் தொடர வாழ்த்துக்கள்

  3. a great honour to your research work. congrats.

  4. தங்களது ஆய்வின் மூலம் பெளத்ததின் வரலாறை அறிந்து கொள்ள முடிகிறது. 1999 க்கு முன்னரோ அல்லது இப்போது எந்த அறிஞராவது இந்தப் பொருளில் ஆய்வு செய்கிறார்களா...பௌத்ததின் வளர்ச்சியும், வீழ்ச்சியும் அறிய ஆசை. தாங்கள் எனக்கு அந்த தீஸிஸை நான் தஞ்சை வரும் போது தந்தால் விரும்பி படிப்பேன்.
    இரா. சரவணன்

  5. A befitting tribute to your research. Please keep going.

  6. தங்கள் ஆய்வுப் பணி தொடர
    எங்கள் வாழ்த்துகள்!

  7. உங்களுக்கு எல்லா டத்ட்க்ஹிலிருந்தும் சிறப்பாக கவனிப்பு வாழ்த்துகள் சார்