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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Indian Analyst


South Indian Inscriptions






List of Plates

Additions and Corrections



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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(1 Plate)


This set plates was discovered, some time in 1941, by a peasant in a field named ‘Liṅgālameraka ’, belonging to the village of Ponnuṭūru on the northern, bank of the river Vaṁśadhārā, about a mile from Sōmarājapuram in the Parlākimeḍi Estate, in the Pātapaṭnam tāluk of the Vizagapatam District. The farmer gave the set to his landlord, Śrī Vanam Rāghavadāsanaiḍugāru, six months after its discovery. Subsequently, my friend, Śrī Bhyri Appalaswāminiḍugāru, took these plates on loan for a short period from Rāghavadāsanaiḍugāru, and was king enough to send them on to me for decipherment and publication.

This set consists of three plates, each measuring 4·6″ long and 2·1″ broad. They are strung on a copper ring 2·5″ in diameter, which is passed through a hole, ·35″ in diameter, near the left end of the writing. The ring was not cut when the plates were sent to me. The ends of the ring were connected at the bottom of a small rectangular seal, 1″ long and ·85″ broad. On the counter-sunk rectangular face, measuring ·65″ by ·45″, of this seal, there is a figure of a couchant bull, facing proper right, The weight of the plates with the ring and the seal is 41 tolas.

The inscription is engraved on the inner side of the first plate and on both sides of the other two, the second side of the third plate bearing only one line. The first and second plates appear to have received some mild crowbar blows probably at the time of discovery, but they did not damage the plates, as they are fairly thick. However, some of the letters on the first and second plates are slightly damaged. The edges of the plates are not raised into rims, yet the writing, on the whole, is in a good state of preservation.


[1] The vertical stroke of ṇā might have been intended to serve as a daṇḍa.

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