It would be useless on the part of the author to pretend that the work is entirely original, though he does believe that some new light has been thrown on the state of saffairs in Mithila and Magadha during the five centuries that followed the death of Harsavardhana in 648 A.D. With regard to the quality of his contributions to the historical knowledge of the time and place that form the subject-matter of the following inquiry, he can only say that on the material available to him, he could have produced no beter work. In dealing with the subject, he has suffered under certain natural disadvantages. Having been born and brought up among Brahmans of Mithila whose ancestors twelve hundred years ago so frequently come in for inquiry here, who had so much to do against Buddhists of the times, he has found it extremely difficult to be impartial in his conclusions. This fact is stated here in order to enable the reader to detect Prejudices that might have crept in here inspite of the author's sincere endeavour to avoid them.
This being an examination paper, it is perhaps no place here to record his gratefulness to those who have helped the author in his studies here. Without naming them, therefore, he must say that whatever may happen to this thesis at the hands of the examiners, he will ever remember their kindness and sympathies.
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