INSCRIPTION OF RĀJARĀJA I, MĀLAMBI, KARNĀṬAKA

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The following inscription was found on a stone at Mālambi, Karṇāṭaka which is referred as Mālavviya in the inscription. The inscription is in Haḷe (old) Kannaḍa language. The inscription belongs to the reign of Rājarāja I of Coḹa dynasty. The inscription refers to the installation of Manījā in the region with the name “Kṣatriya-śikhāmaṇi-Koṅgāḷvān” by…

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INSCRIPTION OF RĀJARĀJA FROM BALMURI KARṆĀṬAKA

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The following inscription is found on a stone near to Balmuri Agastyeśvara temple, West stone, Balmuri, Karṇāṭaka. The inscription is in Haḷe(old) Kannaḍa language. The inscription was published in Epigraphia Carnatica Volume III with the number SR 140. The inscription belongs to the 28th Regnal year of Rājarāja I of Coḹa dynasty. The śaka year…

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VṚTTA SPHUṬITAM

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          There are so many elements prescribed in Vāstu scriptures to decorate a Vimāna. Such an element is Vṛtta sphuṭa. The definition of the same is prescribed in Kāmikāgama as एवं कुम्भलता प्रोक्ता वृत्तस्फुटितमुच्यते षडष्टदशभिर्भानुमनुवैकारमात्रकैः  ११९ व्यासतारार्धनिष्क्रान्ता द्वित्र्यंशं वा द्विभागिकम् वृत्ताकारं समं चेत्तु तोरणाङ्घ्रिवदायतम्  १२० सकन्धरं तदूर्ध्वे तु शुकनास्या विभूषितम् वृत्तस्फुटितमत्रोक्तं द्युस्थसद्मविभूषितम्  १२१           The…

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DAIVIKA LIṄ0GA FROM RĀJASIṂHA PALLAVA’S PANEL

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          According to the scriptures the Śiva Liṅgas are divided into the following categories.           उद्भूतं दैविकं चैव मानुषं गाणवं तथा । एवं चतुर्विधं लिङ्गं स्वयम्भुरिति कीर्तितम्।। (मानसारः) Udbhūta (or) Svayambhū, Daivika, Mānuṣa and Gāṇava are the four divisions. The definitions including that of ārṣa is also given there. तत्स्थाप्य स्वयमुद्भूतं स्वयम्भूरिति कीर्तितः  १०२ देवैश्च…

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MĀMAṆḌŪR INSCRIPTION OF MAHENDRA VARMĀ I

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          Mahendra Varmā I, one of the greatest rulers of seventh CE, ruled Pallava dynasty for atleast forty years. His inscriptions of him are found at various places including the cave temples built by him. One of such inscription is found from the Māmaṇḍūr cave temple which is referred as Rudravālīśvaram in the Coḹa inscriptions….

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MAÑCIKKALLU INSCRIPTION OF SIṂHAVARMA – EARLIEST STONE INSCRIPTION OF PALLAVAS

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          This inscription was found at Mañcikkallu, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. The inscription contains five lines. Some portion of the inscription is damaged. The characters are of Southern Brāmī type, the predecessor of Telugu-Kaṇṇaḍa scipt and are written in Prākṛta language. The inscription belongs to Simḥavarmā I of Pallava dynasty and is dated as 320…

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SIVANVĀYIL INSCRIPTION OF SIṂHAVARMĀ – EARLIEST EPIGRAPH IN GRANTHA SCRIPT

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          This inscription was found in a village Śivanvāsal situated 15 kilometers from Tiruvaḷḷūr. The inscription was discovered from an old temple dedicated for Vaikuṇṭhanātha and the stone containing the inscription was used as step.           The inscription is the example of archaic variety of Grantha script and in Sanskrit college. The inscription was published…

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