The Indian Analyst

South Indian Inscriptions







List of Plates

Additions and Corrections



Chaudhury, P.D.


DE, S. C.

Desai, P. B.

Dikshit, M. G.

Krishnan, K. G.

Desai, P. B

Krishna Rao, B. V.

Lakshminarayan Rao, N., M.A.

Mirashi, V. V.

Narasimhaswami, H. K.

Pandeya, L. P.,

Sircar, D. C.

Venkataramayya, M., M.A.,

Venkataramanayya, N., M.A.

Index-By A. N. Lahiri

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

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Volume 19

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Volume 22
Part 1

Volume 22
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Volume 23

Volume 24

Volume 26

Volume 27





Annual Reports 1935-1944

Annual Reports 1945- 1947

Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Volume 2, Part 2

Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Volume 7, Part 3

Kalachuri-Chedi Era Part 1

Kalachuri-Chedi Era Part 2

Epigraphica Indica

Epigraphia Indica Volume 3

Indica Volume 4

Epigraphia Indica Volume 6

Epigraphia Indica Volume 7

Epigraphia Indica Volume 8

Epigraphia Indica Volume 27

Epigraphia Indica Volume 29

Epigraphia Indica Volume 30

Epigraphia Indica Volume 31

Epigraphia Indica Volume 32

Paramaras Volume 7, Part 2

Śilāhāras Volume 6, Part 2

Vākāṭakas Volume 5

Early Gupta Inscriptions

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India




(1 Plate)


This set of copper plates deposited in the archives of the Rājā of Kāḷahasti in the Chittoor District, Madras State, was discovered by the late Śrī Vēṭūri Prabhākara Shastri who has edited the inscription on them in Telugu in the Journal of Śrī Veṅkaṭēśvara Oriental Institute, Tirupati.[5] In view of the importance of the epigraph which deserves fuller study, I edit it here with the kind permission of the Government Epigraphist for India.[6]

The set consists of five plates held together by a ring with seal. The ring had been cut, apparently by the previous editor, when the plates were received for examination. The writing is engraved on one side of the first plate and both sides of the next two plates. The remaining two plates contain no writing. This is rather unusual ; and this unusual features may possibly be explained on the assumption that the framers of the document had originally kept these plates ready with the idea that the writing would extend over them, and that their expectation did not materialise. In the alternative, it may be surmised that the two spare plates are a later addition. It has, however, to be noted that traces of a few letters incised in late characters, forming two lines, can be detected on one of these spare sheets. Though the rims of the inscribed plates are not raised, the writing is in an excellent state of preservation. There are 25 lines of writing and these are distributed evenly on the five surfaces engraved.


[1] The engraver began to incise the name of the village, but, as some mistakes crept in, gave it up leaving considerable blank space at the end of line 30. He then engraved it at the beginning of the next line.
[2] Read ºgrāmaḥ.
[3] The usual expression is akshaya-nīvi.
[4] The actual value of the symbol, as noted above, seems to be 100.
[5] Vol. VIII, pp. 82-96 and Vol. IX, pp. 25-30.
[6] I am indebted to the above authority for having kindly secured the original document for my examination and study from the Director, Śrī Veṅkaṭēśvara Oriental Institute, Tirupati. It is registered as No. 39 of Government Epigraphist’s C. P. collection for 1949-50.

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