Descriptions Of The Mahabharat The Battle Of Kamarupa

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The topography of Kamarupa provided ideal opportunities for construction of forts. The location of the cities i.e. Pragjyotisa*, Hatappeswara* and Durjjaya* proves that the Kamarupa kings laid great emphasis on the defence of the capitals. The Mahabharata also speaks about the strong fortress of Pragjyotisa. (p.73, A Cultural History of Assam, B.K.Barua) The Bargaon Copper Plate Grant of Ratnapala (1035 CE) mentions that the city of Durjjaya had been surrounded by a rampart which was like a stout cage for the playbird. ... (p.163, Inscriptions of Ancient Assam, M.M.Sharma)

Pragjyotisapura comprised the area of Dispur, Jatia and Narakasur gaon of Guwahati. It had been extended in three phases till the shifting of the epicenter of the polity
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Of course some historians opine that this wall was constructed by Naranarayan (1540-87 CE) or his successors. (p.97, Com. Hist. of Assam, Vol. II, ed. Barpujari) During the time of the Koch-Ahom wars, they built several forts and ramparts like a hill fort in Darrang and another at Narayanpur. (pp.76&78, Com. Hist. of Assam, Vol. II, ed. Barpujari) In the war against the Kacharis also, they constructed a wooden rampart by using logs of wood at Demera and stationed soldiers at several places en route. (p.72, Suryakhari Daivajnar … Vamsavali, Shastri & Chaliha) The Koch Raja Parikshit’s Dhubri fort at the confluence of the Gadadhar and the Brahmaputra had an inner wall and a moat. (p.285, Hist. of Bengal, Muslim Period, ed. J.N.Sarkar) There are references in the Buranjis that the Chutias, the Kacharis, the Nagas etc. also constructed ramparts as measures of defence and for the purpose of war. The Chutias in Lakni Mung-mut (1513 CE) had made an attack on the Ahom kingdom and constructed a Pachala garh (rampart made of the trunks of plantain trees) at Dikhowmukh. They used to construct koth (military camp) at several places and stationed soldiers there. (pp. 13-15, DAB) The Kacharis also constructed ramparts against the Ahoms. (pp. 17 &20, DAB) Their capital Dimapur* was protected by brick rampart. …show more content…
The walls were in-closed by a ditch, some 50 feet in width and 15 feet in depth. (pp. 123-24, Amongst the Shans, Colquhoun) Another city, Keng Tung, was also surrounded by a wall and a moat. Embankments radiated from the city in various directions, and served as roads. (p.29, Burmese Loneliness, C.M.Enriquez)
“Laos city walls were often substantial and picturesque… Built usually of brick over earth, the presence of laterite blocks in some of them, as at Lampoon, indicates that in part, at least, those walls go back hundreds of years.” (p.60, An Oriental Land of the Free,

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