Kalhana and the Rajtarangin
Rajtarangin (Rājtaraṃgiṇ, “The River of Kings”) is a metrical unbelievable and authentic account of the north-western Indian subcontinent, especially the lords of Kashmir. It was composed in Sanskrit by Kashmiri history specialist Kalhana in the twelfth century CE. The work comprises of 7826 verses, which are separated into eight books called Tarangas (“waves”).
The Rajataringin gives the most punctual source on Kashmir that can be marked as an “authentic” content on this locale. Albeit mistaken in its order, the book still gives a precious wellspring of data about early Kashmir and its neighbors in the north western parts of the Indian subcontinent, and has been broadly referenced by later students of history and ethnographers.
Kalhana (once in a while spelled Kalhan or Kalhan’a) (c. twelfth century), a Kashmiri, was the creator of Rajatarangini (River of Kings), a record of the historical backdrop of Kashmir. He composed the work in Sanskrit in the vicinity of 1148 and 1149. All data in regards to his life must be derived from his own composition, a noteworthy researcher of which is Mark Aurel Stein. Robin Donkin has contended that except for Kalhana, “there are no [native Indian] abstract works with a created feeling of sequence, or in fact much feeling of place, before the thirteenth century”