INSCRIPTIONS OF THE PARAMARAS OF MALWA
दिभिः यस्य यस्य यदा भूमिस्तस्य तस्य तदा फलं(लम्) । [।६॥*] यानीह दत्तानि पुरा नरेद्रैर्द्दनानि धर्मा र्थ-
यशस्कराणि । निम्मा (र्म्मा)त्य्व (वा) न्तप्रतिमानि तानि को नाम [साधुः] पुनराददीत [॥७*] स (सं) १००२ माघ व (ब) ३
[वु(बु) धे] दापकोत्न ठकु (क्कु)रः श्रीविष्णुः [।*] राजाज्ञया लिखितं कायस्थगुणधरेण [।*]स्वहस्तोयं
श्रीसीयकस्य  (In the right margin).
No. 3 ; PLATE III
THE SECOND PLATE OF AHMEDABAD GRANT OF SIYAKA
[ Vikrama ] Year 1026
...THIS copper-plate, which is the second of (apparently) the two plates making a complete grant,
is stated to have been obtained by a pleader of kairā, in the Gujarāt area of the Bombay
State, and presented to Muni Jinavijayaji of the Gujarāt purātattva Mandir of Ahmedabad,
some time about 1920 A.C. How it came to the copper-smith is not known. The inscription incised
on it was briefly noticed by D.B. Diskalkar, in the Proceedings and Transactions of the Third
Oriental Conference, Madras, p. 304, and also in the Annual Report of the Watson Museum,
Rajkot, for 1923-24, p. 14, and was transcribed by him in Puratattva (a Gujarati Journal),
Volume III, pp. 145 ff. The same scholar subsequently edited the record in the Epigraphia
Indica, Volume XIX (for 1927), pp. 177-78, giving its transcript (only of 11. 1-2) in Nagari and
a facsimile (Plate No. 28), facing p. 178. From the same facsimile it is edited here.
...The plate measures 33.34 cms. in length and 19.05 cms. in breadth. It has two holes, each
of which shows a diameter of about .6 cm. at the top, at a distance of 17.78 cms. from each other,
which were originally meant for two copper-rings to pass through them to hold the plates together.
But as is the case with the first of the plates, the rings too have never been discovered. The edges
of the existing plate are fashioned thicker, to protect the writing, which is in a good state of preservation, excepting a few letters here and there, which appear to have been wholly or partially
lost, probably in the process of cleaning it in a crude way, but it is not difficult to restore them.
...In the lower right corner of the plate there is a representation of a flying Garuḍa facing
right and depicted as a human being, except for the wings attached to his shoulders ; he is holding a hooded snake in his left hand and his right hand is raised to stricke it, as we generally find in
the charters issued by the Paramāra rulers of Mālwā. The figure measures about 5 cms. in
height and 4 cms. in breadth.
...The plate is inscribed on one side only and bears ten lines of writing. The average size
of the letters is about .6 by .6 cm., excepting in the last line which is only 18.5 cms. long and contains letters about three times larger than the others and shows only the sign-manual of the king,
which just follows the Garuḍa figure.
...The characters are Nāgarī of the tenth century, slightly differing in formation from those
of the Harsōlā grants of Sīyaka but showing a great resemblance to those of Vākpati-Muñja and
Bhōja, which are dealt with just below. The technical execution indicates slovenliness ; the
letters are sometimes inclined towards the left but more often of the right, and the sign of anusvāra
and punctuation marks are occasionally omitted. We have also instances when parts or limbs of
letters are left uncarved, e.g., the horizontal stroke of ma making it appers as ga in 1.2 and the
middle slanting bar of sha in purusha, in 1. 8.
To note the formation of the letters, a in asmat, 1.4, appears to approach its modern from:
dh continues to be much similar to v, e.g. in dharmmārtha, 1.3 ; p often resembles y, as in para-,
Dikshit and Diskalkar read here र्म्म. but the plate does not shows the consonant of this akshara to be doubled.
The daṇḍa is followed by some traces which may have been of a symbol. as in Grant A. .
After I finished writing on this inscription. I came to know that the plate has been acquired for the L.D.
Institute of Indology. Ahmedabad. by the efforts of its Director. pt. D. D. Malvania, through whose kindness
I had an opportunity to examine it in the original. in my visit to Ahmedabad in February. 1972. I thus
had an opportunity to compare the transcript from the orginal, making some necessary changes, I also
found that the plate is thick and the marks of engraving are not seen on the other side. It weighs 1198 grs.
.......................CORPUS INSCRIPTIONUM INDICARUM
VOL.VII ........................................................................PLATE XXVII
THE SECOND PLATE OF THE AHMEDABAD GRANT OF SIYAKA:
(VIKRAMA) YEAR 1026