Contents: Foreward. Preface. Introduction. Catalogue monuments. 1. Godarpura. 2. Mandhata island. 3. Panthia. 4. BeyondOmkaresvar–Mandhata. 5. The Ravannala. Appendices. Glossary. Bibliography.
In Omkaresvar-Mandhata, Jurgen Neuss offers a comprehensive survey of the extant historic monuments at this well-known island town, the most important place of pilgrimage in the Narmada valley and gives an overview of its history according to available written sources.
Although the place is known as an archaeological site since the middle of the 19th century, it has till date been overlooked that the remains are much more extensive and coherent than the rarely published archaeological notes, that deal with only a few monuments, suggest. This book provides a long overdue survey of the whole area which in essence represents a conglomeration of three historic settlements. At the centre lies a thoroughly structured fortification, Mandhatrdurga, which represents the only preserved fortified city of the Paramaras of Dhara in the Narmada valley presently known to us.