PREFACE. Lord Macau-lay begins his Essay on Olive thus:— '• We haye always thought it strange that, while the history* of the Spanish empire in- America is familiarly known to all the nations of Europe, £he great actions of our countrymen in the East should, even among ourselves, excite little interest. Every schoolboy knows who imprisoned Monteizuma, and who' strangled Atahualpa. But we doubt whether one in ten, even among English gentlemen of highly cultivated minds, can tell who won the battle of Buxar, who perpetrated the massacre of Patna, whether Sujah Dowlah ruled in Oude or in Travancore, or whether Holkar was a Hindoo1 or a Mussulman." What MacaHilay remarks in- these introductory lines about the educated Englishman of his' tim'e may, with fU'Stfee; be' applied! to' the Hindus1 of the present day, who, thottgn1 well versed in the d-etails of the histories of foreign1 &la'tjk>n's, are ignorant of even the' rriost important events in1 ^fiSe lire's of their ancient heroes jtndE saints. The reason of tn-is1 anomaly is plain enough< All their' timfe' is taken up in1' heading English abhors a'nxt cbn'seqitently works written1 in Yerlaa^ilai' artfn'aturally ne'glectei It is,- there- fore, with the' object of imparting some1 knowledge1 of the Purans to su'cn of the English reading' ptiblic ais are either xinacquainted' with any of the't^erhaculars of this country or as are unacciistomed to read Vernacular books,- that we* have undertafeen; to putiish Hhis series. Our thanks are due to thoSie' gentlen^en* who havef kindly subscribed for the puhlicatioti as we'll as^ta' those' have rendered us assistance in other ways. PUBHASHI & CO.