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South Indian Inscriptions


 

EPIGRAPHIA INDICA

No. 19.- BELATURU INSCRIPTION OF THE TIME OF RAJENDRADEVA ; SAKA-SAMVAT 979.

BY REV. F. KITTEL, PH.D. ; TÜBINGEN.

This inscription is engraved on a stone lying in the field called Aḍḍakaṭṭe-hola on the eastern side of the village of Beḷatûru in the Heggaḍadêvankôṭe tâluka of the Mysore district. It has been published before by Mr. Rice in his Epigraphia Carnatica, Vol. IV., Hg. 18. I re-edit it from inked estampages prepared by Mr. H. Krishna Sastri and transmitted to me by Dr. Hultzsch.

The alphabet and language of the inscription are Kannaḍa. There are 23 verses in various metres, and short passages of prose in lines 33 f. and 36. Mr. Krishna Sastri contributes the following note. “ Of the many metres used in the inscription two are particularly interesting, viz. Akkaraṁ and Lalitavṛittaṁ. On examination, these two are found to correspond to the Piriyakkara and Lalitapada which are described, respectively, in verses 302 and 233 of Nâgavarma’s Canarese Prosody. Of the first it may be remarked that either the description given in the Prosody is transgressed in the inscription, or else the verse describing it has been misinterpreted ; for while, according to Dr. Kittel’s translation, verse 302 says that in Piriyakkara there ought to be, in the first line, one aja, five vishṇus and one rudra ; in the second line, one aja, four vishṇus, one aja (again) in the sixth place, and then a rudra ; and that in the third and fourth lines the same should be repeated as in lines 1 and 2,─ the Akkara of the inscription has one aja, five vishṇus and one rudra throughout (i.e. in all the four feet). It is difficult to

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