two other hymns (VIII. 2.41) and (VII. 3.21-24) the poet Kanva
Medhatithi praises king Vibhindu and king Pakasthaman for their
gifts and the Brahaddevata (VI. 42) clearly identifies them as
rulers of Kashi and Bhoja (in eastern Uttar Pradesh and western
Madhya Pradesh, respectively).
Another hymn (III. 53.14) mentions
Kikata and its king Pramaganda. Kikata later came to be named
Magadha. Thus south Bihar is also mentioned in the Rigveda.
This, however, raises the question
whether the language of these hymns attributed to authors in present
day Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar is different from other
hymns composed in Punjab and, if so, how significant is the
difference? Telageri has not posed this question.
That apart, however, the eastern
Aryan theory provides us a possible explanation for the rise of
non-Vedic Jainism and Buddhism. Both provide for 23 predecessors of
the historically known founders - Mahavir and Gautam Buddha in the
sixth century B.C. It may also help fill the gaps in our knowledge
of the linguistic history of India, to which Suniti Kumar Chatterjee
has drawn our attention. (See Chapter 2.)