A LOVE STORY FROM CĀLUKYAN INSCRIPTION

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          We have witnessed so many love stories in history. Still there are more in the queue.  Such an interesting story is gleaned from the Mahākūṭeśvara temple at Mahākūṭa an architectural wonder of Cālukyas of Bādāmi. The temple is assigned to Maṅgaleśa(596-609 CE) and further research revealed that the same is reconstructed during 625 CE…

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SANSKRIT PORTION OF KUMARAḌI MAṄGALAM COPPER PLATES OF NANDIVARMĀ III

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Find spot           These plates were purchased from Sri. Govindarajan, Tamil professor, Karunthaṭṭāṅkuḍi, Tañjāvūr. Birla Archeological and Cultural Research institute, Hyderabad, purchased these plates.   Plate details           There are five plates in the set and measure 23 cms in length and 9 cms in breadth. The thickness of the plates is 2 cms. The…

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KAPOTA PAÑJARA FROM DĀDĀPURAM

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          Kāmikāgama while explaining the types of Pañjaras, explains the following pañjaras. तस्यादौ सिंहसंज्ञकम् सार्धपञ्जरमन्यत्स्यात्तृतीयं पञ्जरं मतम्  १३२ निर्यूहपञ्जरं पश्चात्पञ्चमं लम्बनासिकम् सिंहश्रोत्रं तु षष्ठं स्यात्खण्डनिर्यूहकं ततः  १३३ झषपञ्जरमन्यत्स्यात्तासां लक्षणमुच्यते The Pañjaras are classified as Siṃha Pañjara, Sārdha Pañjara, Pañjara, Nirvyūha Pañjara, Lambanāsika, Siṃha śrotra, Khaṇḍa nirvyūhaka and Jhaṣa Pañjara. The definition of these Pañjaras are…

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WRITING MATERIALS FOR MANUSCRIPTS – SĀÑCĪPĀT AND TŪLIPĀT

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We have seen Palm leaf, paper and Bhūrja patra, the major materials that are used for writing manuscripts. These are other two materials that were used only in the north eastern part of the country. Sāñcīpāt and Tūlipāt are the materials. Sāñcīpāt               The Agaru or aloe tree is called as Sāñcī in Assam and…

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PADMAMĀLIKĀ

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          The compound like structure around the temple complex is termed as “Mālikā” in the scriptures. While defining the term Mālikā, Kāmikāgama gives the following explanation.           शालायामपि शालाङ्गा निष्क्रान्ताननशोभिता।       सा शाला मालिका ज्ञेया शास्त्रेस्मिन् कामिकाह्वये।।       Part of a śālā with beautifully projected front portion is termed as “Mālikā” in this scripture with…

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