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The Sources of Delhi's Anccient History

References to Delhi history in ancient laterature frequently take the from of Lagends which have to be examined carefully and critically. myths connot be treated as historical facts but they sometimes encode historical elements in an indirect way. The some applies to local traditions i,e beliefs that are currentin a place about that place. In some cases, these traditions have been recorded and written down, but more ofter tha not they survive in people's memory and in the from of oral narratives.

The leagends about how Delhi got its name are good example of myths and lical traditaions that reflect interesting claims and connecttions even thought they are clearly not historical facts. One such legend recorded in medieval texts, connects Delhi with the epic king Dilipa. Giving historical presons and place legitimacy and perstige by anchoring them to the epic puuranic traditain was a practices that is encountered in other contexts as wall, for instance in royal genealogies in ancient and early medieval in scriptions.

Another more colourful lagend recorded in Rajasthani bardic literature connects the founding of Dilli with the Mwhrauli iron the Rajput king Anangapala Tomara and serpentdemon Vasuki. This too is obviouslya myyh. However its is a myth woven around single slander historical fact the establishing of a political in Delhi by Ananpala Apart from the few references in indigenous and foregion literary sources,

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