NEW INSCRIPTION OF RĀJASIṀHA PALLAVA FROM KĀMĀKṢI AMMAN TEMPLE, KĀÑCĪPURAM

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Found this inscription along with Sri. Swaminatha sthapati, from the steps adjacent to Baṅgāru amman shrine at śrī Kāmākṣi temple who resides at the heart of Kāñcīpuram. I astonished by this discovery since this is the first inscription of Rājasiṁha pallava found in a non-pallava period temple at Kāñcīpuram. The inscription is fragmentary and in…

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VAṬṬEḸUTTU INSCRIPTION OF PARAMEŚVARA VARMĀ I FROM KARṆĀṬAKA

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          The following inscription is found near the Gopālakṛṣṇa temple at Bairākūr, Mulbagal taluq, Karṇāṭaka. The inscription is in Tamil and inscribed in Vaṭṭeḹuttu characters. The inscription is fragmentary and denotes the 12th regnal year of Vijaya Īśvara varmā who can be identified as Parameśvara varmā I of Pallava dynasty. The inscription refers to the…

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VAṬṬEḸUTTU INSCRIPTION OF NARASIṂHA PALLAVA FROM KARṆĀṬAKA

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          The following inscription is found on a Vīrakal at Someśvara temple at Baṅgavādi Near Kolar, Karṇāṭaka. The inscription is in Kannada style Tamil and inscribed in Vaṭṭeḹuttu characters. The inscription belongs to the reign of Narasiṃha varmā I of Pallava dynasty. The inscription refers the death of certain servant of Bāṇa king. The name…

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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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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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VĀTĀPI INSCRIPTION OF NARASIṂHA VARMĀ I

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          We know that Narasiṃha pallava expedited till Vātāpi during the retaliation of the second Cāḷukya invasion made by Pulkēśi II. The Pallava army was in upper hand in the battles held at Maṇimaṅgalam, śūramāram and Pariyaḷam. The Pallava army entered Vātāpi the heart of the Cālukya Viṣaya which made unprecedented disaster to the dynasty…

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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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