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Rajput dynasties of early medieval India. Reason (R): If a Rajput ruler died without heir, the kingdom traditionally passed to the head of the baronical house next in kin to the ruling dynasty. Assertion (A): The Rajput rulers of north India during the early medieval period were essentially hereditary leaders of feudal communities. Reason (R): They were neither benevolent despots, nor could they be autocratic despots. Assertion (A): The Rajput kingdoms of early medieval India included large areas dominated by defeated and subordinate rulers. Reason (R): According to the prevalent notions of the period, it was a sin to deprive even a defeated ruler of his lands. Assertion (A): The subsistence level agrarian production of early medieval India arose out of the practical economics of the situation. Reason (R): The early medieval Indian peasant did not go for any significant surplus production for fear of the impending demand for a larger share from the feudal lord. Assertion (A): Lokamahadevi, the queen of Rajaraja I, performed the hiranya garbha ceremony, i.e. passing one’s body through a golden cow. Reason (R): The Chola religion is significant for laying greater stress on yajna or sacrifice than on dana or gift. Assertion (A): In the Chola period, the agrahara type of villages were numerically greater than any other type of villages. Reason (R): The practice of maintaining dancing girls by the temples, known as devadasi system, became very popular during the Chola period. Assertion (A): The Uttaramerur Inscription, belonging to the 10th century, gives details about the functioning and constitution of the local ur. Reason (R): The inscription mentions not only qualifications but also disqualifications for membership to the local general assembly. Assertion (A): Construction of temples as tributes to dead kings was a special feature of the Chola period. Reason (R): The famous Rajarajesvara temple at Tanjore was built by Rajendra I as a tribute to his dead father, Rajaraja I.