EKAPĀDAMŪRTI AND PALLAVA CAVE TEMPLES

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          Māheśvara mūrtis are numbered as 25 out of which Ekapāda trimūrti is also one. My father took this form during the destruction of the worlds where Viṣṇu and Brahmā merged with him. This definition of this mūrti is as follows. रक्तवर्णः त्रिणेत्रश्च वरदाभयहस्तकः। कृष्णापरशुसंयुक्तो जटामकुटमण्डितः।। ऋज्वागतस्तथैकेन पादेनापि समन्वितः। दक्षिणोत्तरयोश्चैव पार्श्वयोरुभयोरपि।। कटिप्रदेशादूर्ध्वन्तु ब्रह्मविष्णवर्धकाययुक्। कृताञ्जलिपुटौ एकपादयुक्तौ…

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NEW FRAGMENTARY INSCRIPTION OF PARĀNTAKA I FROM KĀMĀKṢI AMMAN TEMPLE

          The following inscription is found on the floor before the śāstā shrine of Kāmākṣi amman temple, Kāñcīpuram. Though it is fragmentary it has some value in the history of the temple. So far the fragmentary inscriptions of Rājarāja I was considered as the earliest of the temple. Since the later copy of the inscription…

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WRITING IN ANCIENT INDIA – EVIDENCES FROM ŚRAVYA KĀVYAS

          In Sanskrit the Śravya Kāvyas are divided into three Poetry type kāvyas (Padya) Prose type kāvyas (Gadya) and Mixture of the both called Campū These kāvyas too have so many references for writing in ancient India. Raghuvaṃśa Mahākāvya written by the great poet Kālidāsa refers the script as follows लिपेर्यथावद्ग्रहणेन वाङ्मयं नदीमुखेनेव समुद्रमाविशत्। liperyathāvadgrahaṇena…

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WRITING IN ANCIENT INDIA – EVIDENCES FROM ARTHA, KĀMA AND NĀṬYA ŚĀSTRAS

          The word Artha means the resource. The resources of life viz earth, wealth, cereals and cattle are called as Artha. The science by which these are earned is called  Arthaśāstra. According to tradition, Artha śāstras were written by my Father, Bṛhaspati, śukrācārya, Nārada and others. But the Artha śāstra written by Cāṇakya is fully…

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WRITING IN ANCIENT INDIA – LITERARY EVIDENCES FROM DHARMA ŚĀSTRA

          Smṛtis are the ancient law texts of India. There are more than twenty such texts are available today. These texts too have so many references which enact as the evidences for writing in ancient India. Nārada smṛti gives an important note on writing.           नाकरिष्यद्यदि ब्रह्मा लिखितं चक्षुरुत्तमम्।       तत्रेयमस्य लोकस्य नाभविष्यच्छुभा गतिः।। नारदस्मृतिः,…

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AGASTYA’S INCARNATION FROM ANDHRA INSCRIPTION

The following inscription is found on two beams built into the roof of the Maṇḍapa in front of Avimukteśvara shrine, Penukonda, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. The date of the inscription is given in Bhūta saṅkhyā as Giri-akṣi-vahni-sudhāmarīci, Pārthiva cyclic year and śukla pakṣa Daśamī, Sunday. The date from these details can be fixed as February…

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