Bulletin of the Dept. of Indian History and Archaeology No. 6.
GENERAL EDITOR :
PROFESSOR K. A. NILAKANTA SASTRI.
The present edition of the Velugotivarivamsavali is based upon two manuscripts of the Mackenzie collection preserved in the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, Madras, bearing the Nos 15-4-3 and 14-4-17 of which the latter is but a copy of the former. No other manuscript of the chronicle is known to exist. Although the latter has no independent value of its own, it proved quite useful in correcting the scribal errors in several places, and without it, the task of editing the work would have been far more troublesome than it has actually turned out. In preparing the present edition both the manuscripts have been utilised, and they are referred to as 'A' and 'B' respectively in the foot-notes for the sake of convenience. While the printing of the text of the work, was nearing completion, a printed copy of the chronicle struck at Venkatagiri in 1890 was placed in my hands through the kindness of H. H. The Rajah of Venkatagiri. Unfortunately it turned out to be a verbatim reproduction of the manuscript in the Madras Government Oriental Manuscripts Library with all its textual corruptions and scribal mistakes in addition to numerous printing errors. The genealogical table appended to this work is taken from the Family History of Venkatagiri Rajas printed at Madras in 1922 and retained without any modification.
In preparing the text for the press, I received considerable help from Messrs M. Ramakrishna Kavi, Sripada Lakshmipati Sastri, the Junior Lecturer in Telugu, Madras University, and Veturi Prabhakara Sastri of the Madras Government Oriental Manuscripts Library. Messrs Kavi and Lakshmipati Sastri rendered valuable assistance in correcting and restoring the proper text Vidwan G. Subbaramayya, the former Editor of the Bharati, revised the text, and corrected the proofs with great patience. Prof. K. A. Nilakanta Sastri, the Professor of Indian History and Archaeology, Madras Umveisity, and Mr. A. S. Ramanatha Aiyar of the Epigraphy Department, Madras, kindly revised the Introduction and offered their valuable criticisms and suggestions. Mr. Venkataramayya kindly checked the references and prepared the index I offer them all my grateful thanks for their unvarying help. The proprietors of Rao Brothers and the G. S. Press have* earned my gratitude for the excellent manner in which they have carried out the printing.
I thank the Syndicate of the Madras University for kindly sanctioning the publication of the work as a Bulletin of the University Department of Indian History.
- University of Madras,
- 17th July 1939.
N. V. R.