North Indian Inscriptions
INSCRIPTIONS OF THE KALACHURIS OF RATANPUR
PALI STONE INSCRIPTIONS OF JAJALLADEVA 1
(V.27) That famous Jājallapura . . . . . a monastery for ascetics; a mango grove With a garden ; a beautiful lake equal to lake of heaven, which the illustrious Jājalladēvacaused to be made. May that be lovely like (his) fame .
(V.28) His religious preceptor was the holy Rudraśiva who knew . . . . the authoritative works of Diṅnāga and others and knew the established doctrines of his own and others’ (systems).
(V. 29) His minister for peace and was also was Vigraharāja . . . . .
( V. 30) To the god the king Jājallagave the excellent village of Sirulī (and) to the monastery a groups of pāṭalā (trees) as a perpetual gift.
( V. 31) Arjunakōṇasaraṇa . . . .
(V. 32) The Kāyastha, the illustrious . . . . born in the Gauḍa family, the Foremost of those whose counsel vise with (that) of the preceptor of gods, [who was the Councillor] of the illustrious Karṇa, whose excellent intellect is unrivalled in ( the grasp of ) The essence of śāstas . . . . (His son?)composed this matchless eulogy on Jājalladēva.
(V.33 ) The lord of the village Garbhahas brought his spotless merits into the Eulogy . . . . of the excellent Haladī [village ?] . . . . .
(V.34) . . . . . . the learned [Kīrti]dhara, the younger brother of [him who Was] born in the Vāstavya (family) wrote (this) eulogy which has reached all directions
( V.34) . . . . . . the learned [Kirti]dhara, the younger brother of [him who Was] born in the Vastavya (family) wrote (this) eulogy which has reached all directions.
(In) the year 866, (the month) Marga [sirsha] (and) the bright (fortunight), on the (linar) day 9, on Sunday. Jaja. . . .
THESE inscriptions were discovered in 1904 by Dr. D. R Bhandarkar who published his transcripts of then in the progress Report of the Achælogicalsuvey of Western India for1903-4, p. 52 They are edited here from inked esrampages taken under my Direction.
The inscriptions which are four in number2 are incised on a wall, a door-way and A pilaster of the maṇḍapa of an exquisitely carved śiva temple at Pāli, 12 miles to the North-east of Ratnapur in the Bilaspur District of the Chhattisgarh Division in Madhya Pradesha.
The characters of all the inscriptions are of the Nāgarī alphabet. The from of the Palatal ś which closely ersembles that in the Rantanpur stone inscription of Jājalladēva 13 (dated K. 866) indicates that the inscriptions belong to the beginning of the 12th century A.C. The size of the letters in the first three inscriptions is about 1. 4” and that in the Fourth one is .5”. The languages is Sansktit. Each inscription consists of a single line in Prose. Except in the fourth inscription, even that line is not free from gross mistakes of Grammar and orthography.
The object of the inscription is to record an unspecified Kirti(meritorious work)
Of Jājalladēva. This Jājalladēva must, of course, be referred to the Kalachuri Dynasty
Of Ratnapur. There are two kings of this name known from inscriptions, of whom
1 This plate is of No. 78.