The study of ‘Toponymy’—a branch of ’Onomastics’ is one which is related to tracing the origin, history and culture of a particular place on the basis of its name which itself is an expression of the intellectual genius and cultural tendencies of the local people. When taken up on a regional level, it helps throw light not only at the roots of history and culture but on such varied aspects like tribal migrations, linguistics, religious traditions, myths and legends, folklore and other aspects of the intangible heritage of the region concerned.
The present book is an attempt to study such places of Madhya Pradesh which are historically and culturally significant. The places so studied have been arranged alphabetically in the form of a Dictionary which will be a source book of ready reference for research scholars as well as lay readers alike in reconstruction of characteristics, history and cultural traditions of the state. References to the original sources have been provided for each entry.Contents:
List of Abbreviations
I. Historical Background
II. The Dictionary
III. Cultural Study