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The Indian Analyst


 

South Indian Inscriptions


 

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Index

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List of Plates

Additions and Corrections

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Altekar, A. S

Bhattasali, N. K

Barua, B. M And Chakravarti, Pulin Behari

Chakravarti, S. N

Chhabra, B. CH

Das Gupta

Desai, P. B

Gai, G. S

Garde, M. B

Ghoshal, R. K

Gupte, Y. R

Kedar Nath Sastri

Khare, G. H

Krishnamacharlu, C. R

Konow, Sten

Lakshminarayan Rao, N

Majumdar, R. C

Master, Alfred

Mirashi, V. V

Mirashi, V. V., And Gupte, Y. R

Narasimhaswami, H. K

Nilakanta Sastri And Venkataramayya, M

Panchamukhi, R. S

Pandeya, L. P

Raghavan, V

Ramadas, G

Sircar, Dines Chandra

Somasekhara Sarma

Subrahmanya Aiyar

Vats, Madho Sarup

Venkataramayya, M

Venkatasubba Ayyar

Vaidyanathan, K. S

Vogel, J. Ph

Index.- By M. Venkataramayya

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EPIGRAPHIA INDICA

LOHANER PLATES OF CHALUKYA PULIKESIN II : SAKA 552

(1 Plate)

G. H. KHARE, POONA

These copper-plates were originally unearthed by the inhabitants of the village Lohaner, Nasik District, from its, old site. Mr. Bhaugir Shamgir Gosavi, the then Supervising Officer of the East Khandesh District, purchased them for five rupees and very generously presented them to the Bhārata Itihāsa Saṁśōdhaka Maṇḍaḷa, Poona. I edited them in Marāṭhī[1] some years ago and I now re-edit them in English.

The set consists of three plates, measuring 7½″X3¾″X⅛″, strung on a circular ring, the two ends of which were originally soldered into a seal. The ring, however, was unconsciously cut by Mr. Gosavi and the seal was consequently broken. The inner sides of the first and the third plates and both the sides of the second are inscribed. The rims of the plates being raised, the writing is well preserved except in one or two places. The weight of the plates, together with the ring and seal, is 89 tolas.

The characters belong to the southern class of alphabets and closely resemble those of the Early Chālukya inscriptions, especially the fragmentary Nerūr plates of Pulikēśin II.[2] The engraving is neatly done. Medial short and long i and u are clearly distinguished. The anusvāra and visarga are clearly indicated. Only in a few cases it is difficult to differentiate between v and ch as well as between v and dh in conjunct consonants.

About orthography two points deserve notice here. The visarga is wrongly omitted in some cases. In Maitrāyanika (l. 23) and udak-ātisarggēna (l. 24), n has been wrongly substituted for .

The language of the record is Sanskrit and the composition is in prose except at the beginning and the end, where there are altogether seven invocatory and imprecatory verses.

The record begins with one verse in praise of the Boar incarnation of Vishṇu and another in that of the arm of king Satyāśraya. In this respect the present grant is similar to the fragmentary Nerūr plates in which the two verses at the beginning are also devoted to the praise of the Boar form of Vishṇu and the arm of Vallabha, i.e., Satyāśraya. Then comes the usual but short preamble which is found, with some variations and additions, in almost all the grants of the Chālukyas of Bādāmi. After this, is introduced the Chulukikī (Chālukya) dynasty, the members of which had performed sacrifices such as Bahusuvarṇaka, Aśvamēdha, Pauṇḍarīka and Vājapēya. In it was born Pulikēśin who had the second name Raṇavikrama. His son was Kīrtivarman who was also called Śrīparākrama.[3] His son, who bore again the epithet Raṇāvikrama, was Satyāśraya.

This Satyāśraya gave the village Gōviyāṇaka which lay in the vicinity of the village Asikhēṭaka and which was included in the Mōshiṇīpathaka to Dāmadīkshita of the Sāvarṇi gōtra, who originally hailed from Girinagara and resided at Lōhanagara, who followed the Vārāhaka sūtra and who belonged to the Maitrāyaṇika branch of the Black Yajurvēda.

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[1]Sources of the Medieval History of the Deccan, Vol. I, p. 1.
[2]Ind. Ant. Vol. VIII, p. 43.
[3] [Can this be only Parākrama, the preceding śrī being only an honorific ? ─Ed.]

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