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The Indian Analyst


 

South Indian Inscriptions


 

Contents

Index

Introduction

Contents

List of Plates

Additions and Corrections

Images

Contents

P. Acharya

A. M. Annigeri

P. Banerjee

Dr. N. P. Chakravarti

P. D. Chaudhury

M. G. Dikshit

M. G. Dikshit & D. C. Sircar

A. S. Gadre

B. C. Jain

S. L. Katare

B. V. Krishna Rao

A. N. Lahiri

T. V. Mahalingam

R. C. Majumdar

H. K. Narasimhaswami

K. A. Nilakanta Sastri & T. N. Subramaniam

K. A. Nilakanta Sastri

V. Rangacharya

Sadasiva Ratha Sarma

Nirad Bandhu Sanyal

M. Somasekhara Sarma

K. N. Sastri

D. C. Sircar

D. C. Sircar & P. Acharya

D. C. Sircar & P. D. Chaudhury

D. C. Sircar & Sadasiva Ratha Sarma

R. Subrahmanyam

T. N.Subramaniam

Akshaya Keerty Vyas

Index

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

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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

No. 2─ GHUMLI PLATES OF BASHKALADEVA, V. S. 1045

(1 Plate)

D. C. SIRCAR, OOTACAMUND

The inscription under study belongs to the Āyurvedic Museum at Jāmnagar. It was read by Pandit Navalśaṅkar, the son of Mahāmahōpādhāya Hāthībhāi Śāstrī, but was not published. The late Mr. H. R. Mankad, for sometime Superintendent of Archæology, Government of Saurashtra, Rajkot, is known to have prepared an article on the record, although this also remains unpublished. We owe to Mr. Mankad a few informations about the discovery of the record and the location of some of the villages mentioned in it. It is said that the epigraph was found in the course of digging operations at Ghūmlī in the former Navanagar State ; but nothing more is known. Ghūmlī is situated amidst hills in the northern valley of the Abhāparā, a summit of the Baradā range, about 3 miles south of Bhāṇavaḍ in the Hālār District of Kathiawar.

The inscription is written on the inner sides of two thin copper plates strung on two copper rings with loose ends. Each plate measures 8¾″ by 8″. The thickness of a rings is ½″ and its circumference 3½″. The edges of the plates were slightly raised with a view to protecting the writing from being damaged by rubbing. There are thirteen lines of writing on each of the plates. The script is old Nāgarī and the language Sanskrit. Some of the letters have been written in the cursive style (cf. ś in śrēshṭa and śrī in line 4 with the same letter in Śailajā in line 2) while many of them are carelessly engraved (cf. a passage in line 6, the intended reading of which is Vikrama-saṁvat 1045 varshē Vaiśākha-śudi 15). The letters often exhibit additional marks of the engraver’s tool. The letter b has been used only in a few cases ; it has usually been indicated by the sign for v. There are many orthographical errors in the text of the record. The sign of avagraha has been used thrice (lines 7, 22 and 24), but wrongly in one of these cases.

The date of the charter is given in line 6. It is V. S. 1045, Vaiśākha-śu. 15, Monday. The date corresponds to the 22nd April, 989 A. D.

The inscription begins with a variety of the Siddham symbol which is followed by the maṅgala : “ May there be well-being, victory and prosperity !” Next follow three stanzas in the Anushṭubh metre, the first of which is in adoration of the god Vyōmakēśa (Śiva) while the following two give the genealogy of the king who issued the charter under study. It is said that there was a person named Hiraṇyamukha whose son was the mahī-pati or ruling chief named Jālē (or possibly Jyāla or Jāla). The son of Jālē was the powerful Śūra who was the father of the nṛipa or ruler Bāshkala, the issuer of the charter. Whether Hiraṇyamukha and Śūra were also rulers like Jālē and Bāshkala is not possible to determine from the language of the verses.

The object of the inscription is to record the grant of a village made by Rāṇaka Bāshkaladēva surnamed Kuṁkumalōla, for the merit of his parents, in favour of a Brāhmaṇa. Bāshkala, whose capital was at Bhūtāmbilī within the Mahādurga adhikaraṇa in Jyēshṭu(shṭhu)ka-dēśa, is stated to have made the grant after taking a bath in the Yajñavaṭa-tīrtha at a holy place called Piṇḍatāraka. The word adhikaraṇa seems to be used here in the sense of an administrative unit probably lying around the durga or fortress at Bhutāmbilī where Bāshkala resided. The name of the gift village was Karalī which was situated in Jyēshṭu(shṭhu)ka-dēśa within the Nava-Surāshṭrā maṇḍala. The name Nava-Surāshṭrā seems to be a mistake for Nava-Surāshṭra, although the same form of the name Surāshṭra also occurs several times in the Ghūmlī copper-plate inscriptions[1] of the Saindhava kings of the Jayadratha-vaṁśa. The donee was Dāmōdara, son

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[1] Above, Vol. XXVI, pp. 185 ff.

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