No. 14─KOTTURU INSCRIPTION OF CHALUKYA VIJAYADITYA ; YEAR 4
P. B. DESAI, OOTACAMUND
This inscription was copied by me in the course of the epigraphical survey of the Tadpatri
taluk, Anantapur District, Madras State, during the field season of 1947-48. It is incised on a
coarse piece of stone (which is broken into two parts) lying in a field near the Āñjanēya temple at
Kottūru, hamlet of Brāhmaṇapalle. The estampages were taken after joining the two parts.
Though partly damaged and worn out, the writing on the whole is in a fair state if preservation.
I edit the record here for the first time with the kind permission of the Government Epigraphist
The epigraph is engraved rather indifferently. To the left of the inscription proper are
carved two perpendicular lines denoting the margin. The characters are Telugu-Kannaḍa
of about the 8th century. The record consists of eight lines. The average size of the letters is
1·5″. The medial short i and long ī are not distinguished, a circle at the top of the letter denoting
both. The medial ṛi, which occurs only once in pṛithuvī- in line 1, is not differentiated from the
sign for the subscript r. The anusvāras are not clear on the impressions, apparently due to the
rough surface of the stone. The use of class nasals may be noted in the following expressions ;
Vaṅganūr in line 2, kāviñchi in line 4 and pañch- in line 6. Duplication of k is denoted by a
horizontal bar in the middle of the letter in the expression Pūllamukki in line 3. The orthographical peculiarity of doubling the consonant after r may be observed in the Sanskrit expressions, varttamāna in line 2, and pūrvvaka in line 5, and also in the compound Vaṅganūr-vvishayaṁbu
in line 2.
The language is Telugu except for the imprecatory verse at the end in Sanskrit. The
word emmadi (line 4) seems to stand for enbadi. Bhaṭāraḷa (line 2) is the Telugu genitive plural
form of the Sanskrit expression Bhaṭṭāraka.
The inscription belongs to the reign of Śrī-Pṛithvīvallabha Mahārājādhirāja Paramēśvara
Vijayāditya-Satyāśraya of the Western Chālukya dynasty of Bādāmi and is dated in his
fourth regnal year. Since this king’s reign commenced in 696 A.C., we may equate his 4th
 It is registered as No. 14 of the ARIE for 1947-48 and noticed in the year’s report.