TWO INSCRIPTIONS FROM KAILĀSANĀTHA TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM

            Inscriptions starting from Pallavas, Coḹas and Vijayanagara period were copied from the Kailāsanātha temple Kāñcīpuram. Still there are two inscriptions which are not recorded in the S.I.I Volume I.

INSCRIPTION I

            This inscription is inscribed inside a Devakulikā which is at the corner right to the temple. Since this is inscribed inside wall, I think nobody came across this inscription. The inscription is of Rājasiṃha, the builder of the temple. The inscription is inscribed in Pallava grantha of 8th CE. There are only two lines in the inscription. The test is as follows.

Line 1 :            Atyantakāmaḥ. A…

Line 2 :            Vanalānta….

The first line mentions one of the titles of the king followed by the letter “A”. The second line is fragmentary and doesn’t give any meaning.

new inscription from Kailāsanātha temple

new inscription from Kailāsanātha temple

INSCRIPTION II

            Another inscription is found outside the Dvāraśobha (entrance tower). There are six Devakulikās built outside the entrance. The second one in the series is named as Nitya Vinīteśvara gṛiham. Next to that the Paṭṭikā portion of the third one. The inscription is in Tamil and in the characters of 10th CE. The text is as follows.

Line 1: ttu Niṉṙaruḷiṉa Perumāṉaḍikal Eṇṇāḹiyum Vaḹuvādi….

New inscription from Kailāsanātha temple

New inscription from Kailāsanātha temple

            Though the inscription is fragmentary, it holds a special message. The inscription starts with “Niṉṙaruḷiṉa Perumāṉaḍigal” which means “the standing lord”. Usually God Viṣṇu will be referred with this phrase. Since the portion which contains this inscription is a separate stone, it can be concluded that the panel of rock might be brought from some other Viṣṇu temple. Dr. C.Minakshi referred this inscription, but didn’t give the text as well as any explanation.

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