No. 4─TIPPALURU INSCRIPTION OF VIKRAMADITYA II ; YEAR 1
H. K. Narasimhaswami, OOTACAMUND
The subjoined inscription was copied by me in the year 1937-38 at Tippalūru in the
Kamalapuram taluk of the Cuddapah District. It is engraved on a red granite stone that was
lying in a field on the road side about a mile to the west of the village. The stone has since
been removed for safe custody to the village chāvaḍi. The inscription is edited below with
the kind permission of the Government Epigraphist for India.
Tippalūru contains some early vestiges of archaeological interest besides the record under
review. A pile of dressed granite stones along with some mutilated sculptures among them is
all that is left of a temple of Śiva with the image of Nandi still lying in front of it under a banyan
tree in the centre of the village. Among these broken sculptures is one of Sūrya, still intact
with his seven steeds depicted at the base. Of greater interest than the image is a massive
red stone pillar measuring almost ten feet in length, two feet square at the bottom tapering
to about a foot square at the top and bearing an inscription, noteworthy for its palaeographic
 [The reading seems to be bhaktishu.─D. C. S.]
 This ti has been engraved below the letter jyō.
 Annual Report on S.I.E. for the year 1937-38, No. 284.