No. 30─ NOTE ON PALLAVARAYANPETTAI INSCRIPTION OF
K. A. Nilakanta Sastri And T. N. Subramaniam, MADRAS
While editing the Pallavarāyanpēṭṭai inscription of Rājādhirāja II, Mr. V. Venkatasubba
Ayyar has translated lines 10 to 13 of the record as follows : “Even in earlier years, when the senior
king was alive, it having been seem that there were no sons fit for anointment, the (exact) state of
affairs, as it (then) stood, (was intimated to the king) . . . . . . . . and (having brought) the princes, residing at Gaṅgaikoṇḍaśōlapuram, and at the time of Periyadēvar’s demise, he (Pallavarāyar) had
Edirilipperumāḷ, the son of Neriyuḍaipperumāḷ and grandson of Uḍaiyār Vikramaśōladēva, who
has already been invested with a crown and was therefore bound to be installed on the throne,
anointed (king) under the title of Rājādhirājadēva in the fourth year (of his installation) and made
the uḍankūṭṭam (assembly) and the nāḍu (chamber) follow him without any dissensions.” This
(1) that the prince selected by Rājarāja II for being crowned under the name of Rājādhirāja
was Edirilipperumāḷ, the son of Neriyuḍaipperumāḷ and grandson of Uḍaiyār Vikramaśōladēvar.
(2) that the selection was followed by the investiture of the crown during the life-time of
Rājarāja II, and
(3) that in the fourth year of his installation, after the demise of Rājarāja II, he was again
crowned under the title of Rājādhirāja (II).
Thus are postulated (a) two coronations of Rājādhirāja II, one on his selection and the other
in the fourth year of his reign on the demise of his predecessor, and (b) the death of Rājarāja II
before the fourth year of the installation of the Yuvarāja.
But the text of the inscription published does not warrant any of the above hypotheses. The
text runs as follows :
10 Periyadēvar elundaru[ḷi] . . . .n[ā]ḷilē tiru-abhi[shēgattuk]ku uriya piḷḷaigaḷ inriye
. . . [rukki]-
11 rapaḍiyai pārttu [mu]n-nāḷilē kāriyam irundapaḍi vi . . . . ś[e]ydu Gaṅgaika[ṇ*]ḍaśōlapura
. . . . .daruḷi iru[k*]kira piḷḷaigaḷai . . . yāṇam paṇṇu . . . ḍaiyār Vikk[i]ramaśōladēvar
12 Neriyuḍaipperumā[ḷ*]-tirumaganār Edirilipperumāḷai=pperi . . . . [ji]-aruḷina nāḷilē
maṇḍai kavi[p]pittu …dār-ānavārē ivarai=ttiru-abhi [shēgam paṇṇu]vikka=kkaḍavarā-
[ga] . . . . . tu nālān=tiru-nakshatrattilē Rājādhirājadēvar e-
 The note is the outcome of a discussion initiated in 1947 by Mr. T. N. Subramaniam and continued intermittently for many months, in which Dr. N. Venkataramanayya, Mr. S. Vaiyapuri Pillai and Mr. A. V. Venkatarama Ayyar also participated.
 Above, Vol. XXI, pp. 184-193.
 Ibid., p. 192.