MATERIALS USED FOR MANUSCRIPTS – SILVER AND BRASS

          We have already seen the usage of Gold and copper for writing manuscripts. Though silver is cheaper than gold, the usage is very scanty. Only a few instances have been discovered so far. Some coins and documents were discovered from the stūpas of Bhaṭṭiprolu and Taxila. Tantrik formulae and Cakras are written in silver plates. Jains too used their sacred formulae on silver sheets.

Brass

          Brass is less malleable and hence it cannot be beaten into thin sheets to incise on it. Hence it is not used as copper plates. But icons and vessels are found with inscriptions.

          The Gangasandra plate of Cikkasanna kempa is found in brass and dated as 1290 CE.

          The brass containing inscription was found in verdek stūpa afganisthan and dated as 4th BCE. This is the earliest instance of the material.

          The brass lotus named Vaṃśāmbujam is found in Jaganmohan palace, Mysore. It belongs to the period of Kṛṣṇarāja Odeyār III and contains the names of the kings and their kin.

          A Garuḍagamba in the temple of Raṅganātha temple of sakrepaṭna has an inscription of the same king.

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  1. Please suggest when to erect garudagamba and the rituals to be followed at the time of erection

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