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The Indian Analyst


 

South Indian Inscriptions


 

EPIGRAPHIA INDICA

No. 36.- RANASTIPUNDI GRANT OF VIMALADITYA ;
DATED IN THE EIGHTH YEAR.

BY V. VENKAYYA, M.A.

The copper-plates on which the subjoined inscription is engraved were discovered about 70 years ago while quarrying earth for bricks in the fields of the ancestors of a ryot in the Amalâpuram tâluka of the Gôdâvarî district, and are now in the possession of Valavala Jagganna who lives at Amalâpuram. They were received from the Collector of Gôdâvarî through the Government of Madras in 1899 and will have to be returned to the owner. Dr. Hultzsch has kindly permitted me to publish them.

The plates are five in number and were strung on a ring, which had not yet been out when they were received. The ring measures about 6½″ in diameter and about ⅜″ in thickness. Its ends are secured in a four-petalled flower, which forms the base of a circular seal of about 3¼″ diameter. The seal bears, in relief on a countersunk surface, the legend Śrî-Tribhuvanâṁkuśa. Below the legend is an eight-petalled flower, and above it a running boar facing the proper left. In front of the boar is an elephant-goad ; behind it the crescent of the moon ; and above it the sun flanked by two chaurîs. The breadth of the plates is 10½″, and their height 5¼″. Their edges are raised into rims for protecting the writing, with the exception of the first side of the first plate, which is blank, and of the second side of the fifth plate, which bears only two lines of writing. The writing is on the whole in a state of good preservation, but a number of places are damaged by verdigris.

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