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Thursday, October 17, 2013


The Indian Analyst


 

South Indian Inscriptions


 

EPIGRAPHIA INDICA

No. 24.- NADAGAM PLATES OF VAJRAHASTA ;
SAKA-SAMVAT 979.

BY G. V. RAMAMURTHI ; PARLAKIMEDI.

These plates were discovered about two years ago at Naḍagâm, a village in the Narasannapêṭa tâluka of the Gañjâm district, by one Sanku Appanna, a cultivator, while he was working in the field. It is believed by the villagers that the plates belonged to some Jaṅgams, a sect of Śaivas, who had been living in this locality until fifty years ago. Last year I received information of the discovery of these plates, and got them into my hands a few months ago. I sent them through Mr. Weir, the Collector of Gañjâm, to Dr. Hultzsch, who has permitted me to edit them in this Journal. The owner is reported to be willing to have the plates preserved in the Government Central Museum, Madras.

The set consists of five copper-plates, of which the first has been engraved only on the inner side ; the next three plates bear writing on both faces ; the last plate is left blank on both sides and serves only for the protection of the writing on the back of the fourth plate. Each plate measures about 8½″ by 4″ and has a hole to the proper right, through which a ring passes. This ring is about ½″ thick and about 4⅛″ in diameter. It had not yet been cut when the plates were sent to Dr. Hultzsch. Its two ends are soldered into the lower portion of a thick circular seal, on which is fixed an image of a bull couchant, 1½″ long and 1″ high, with the figures of a conch-shell and a chaurî to its proper right, the figures of a sword and an

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