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The Indian Analyst


 

South Indian Inscriptions


 

Contents

Index

Introduction

Contents

List of Plates

Additions and Corrections

Images

Contents

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

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Vol. IV - VIII

Volume IX

Volume X

Volume XI

Volume XII

Volume XIII

Volume XIV

Volume XV

Volume XVI

Volume XVII

Volume XVIII

Volume XIX

Volume XX

Volume XXII_Part I

Volume XXII_Part II

Tanjavur

Tiruvarur

Volume XXIII

Volume XXIV

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India

EPIGRAPHIA INDICA

LODHIA PLATES OF MAHA-SIVAGUPTA ; YEAR 57

(1 Plate)

L. P. PANDEYA, RAIGARH

Lodhiā is a small village in the Sariā Pargana of the Sarangarh State, now a sub-division in the newly formed Raigarh District of the Central Provinces, 15 miles east of the town of Sarangarh. The village of Thakurdiā in the same sub-division, where a copper charter of king Mahā-Pravararāja of the Śarabhapura[1] family was unearthed in 1932, is about 15 miles to the west from Lodhiā on the other side of the hills, dividing the Sariā Pargana from the Sarangarh Pargana. About six miles to the north-east lies the big village of Sariā with its adjoining little village named Pujārīpālī, where there stand a number of ruined brick-temples and sculptured stone door-jambs, the former resembling, in style and architecture, the famous Lakshman temple at Sirpur (old Śrīpura) on the Mahānadī in the Raipur District of the Central Provinces, which was erected by queen Vāsaṭā,[2] the mother of king Mahā-Śivagupta Bālārjuna, the donor of the present charter. These ruined temples and carved pillars do suggest the existence of some famous town, now lost for ever, about 600 A.D. in the vicinity of Lodhiā. Within this village itself some Śivaliṅgas of polished stone, sculptured stone pillars, beautifully carved images and statues have been found and are preserved by the headman there. Two of the images represent Vishṇu reclining on the serpent, and Nṛisiṁha tearing the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu. There is a heap of ruins about a furlong from Lodhiā, which discloses the fact that in olden days some fine structure stood there. Old tanks, wells and remains of what is called ‘ fort ’ with a moat within the village boundary all bear witness to its antiquity. The village of Bār or Bāyar, where a number of punch-marked silver coins were found about the year 1921, and which are deposited in the treasury at Sarangarh, is within three miles from Lodhiā.

The present plates were discovered at a depth of about two feet from the surface of the earth on July 11th, 1942, by one Dolo Ganda in the back-yard of his house in the course of digging earth while repairing the parapet wall of the yard (kōlā, to use the local term). They were produced before the headman of the village, Babu Vijaya Shankar, who is a member of the Mahā-Kōsala Historical Society of Bālpur, District Bilaspur, Central Provinces, and is interested in historical finds. The plates were then forwarded to the Police Station at Baremkela to which the village of Lodhiā is attached and were duly dispatched to the office of the then Ruling Chief of Sarangarh State.

As soon as I came to know of this find. I addressed the enlightened Raja Bahadur Jawaher Singh Sahib, C.I.E., through whose kindness the set of plates complete with the seal, reached my hands on July 23rd, 1942.

I edit the charter form the original with the permission of the late Raja Bahadur in whose possession the plates then were[3] and to whom our Society is grateful for kindly sending them to us for decipherment.[4]

The charter consists of three copper plates, of which the first and the third are inscribed on one side and the second on both the sides. The writing on them is in a fair state of preservation.

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[1] Above, Vol. XXII, pp. 15 ff.
[2] Above, Vol. XI, p. 185.
[3] They are now deposited in the National Museum of India, New Delhi.
[4] The contents of the record have since been noticed in the following publications : Quarterly Journal of Mythic Society, Bangalore, Vol. XXXVI, No. 1 (July 1945), pp 1-4 ; Proceedings and Transactions of the All-India Oriental Conference, Twelfth Session, Vol. III, pp. 595-6 (1948) ; Journal of Kalirga Historical Research Society, Vol. II (September and December 1947), Nos. 2-3, pp. 121-24.

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