CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Historical Background. 3. Religious Life. 4. Economic Life. 5. Polity and Society. 6. Conclusion. 7. Detailed List of Sources in Chronological Order.
This book is an exhaustive study of the archaeological remains of the modern city of Guwahati from the 5th century A.D. to the end of the pre-colonial period in Assam. It focuses primarily on the different aspects of the history of the city, its religious and economic life, its society and polity. The history of the city is traced based primarily on its material remains, inscriptions, coins and sculpture. The history of Guwahati is intricately linked with the forces that shaped the history of Assam. Even today the city is the gateway to North East India. The author has lucidly brought out the important position occupied by the city in the history of Assam. Known earlier as Pragiyotisapura, it was the capital of the legendary Naraka, credited with the construction of the (original) famous Kamakhya temple.