INSCRIPTIONS OF THE SILAHARAS OF NORTH KONKAN
have been washed clean by the streams of water flowing from the eyes of the wives of his
enemies vanquished by his numerous chāṭas and bhaṭas mounted on horses, and who has
a series of good fortunes in the form of victories which eclipsed the enemies’ glories,−informs
all Śaulkikas, Gaulmikas and Chauroddharaṇikas, according as they may be concerned, whether
they are named here or not, and whether of the future or the present time, (and also) his brother
princes, spies, neighbours as well as the neighbouring farmers as follows :-
..(Line 44) “Having noticed that human life is transitory like the showers of clouds, the
flashes of lightning in the windless region and the bursting of bubbles (of water), and having
realised the worthlessness of worldly existence very unstable like scanty water, I, after worshipping the divine Śiva Bhaṭṭāraka, the jewel-like nails of whose feet are honoured by all gods
and demons, have granted by a copper charter, after having poured water (on the hand of the
donee), three fields according to the measure current in the vishaya in the eastern direction of
the village Sālaṇaka comprised in the vishaya (district) of Pāṇāḍa− the boundaries of which
are (as follows) :− on the east, the boundary of Mañchakapallī; on the south, the road to
Vakhōlā and also Lavaṇacharikā; on the west, the ditch . . . ; on the north, the joining of
the two streams−the three fields marked with these four boundaries together with the clusters
of trees and the pōḍhaka (tank) situated near (the stream) Gaṁhīrā, and inclusive of the Kāranja
trees−to Chāḍādēvabhaṭṭa of the Kāśyapa gōtra, who is a religious student of the Ṛigvēda
and who is conversant with the Vēdas, the Vēdāṅgas, Vedānta, the Purāṇas, Mīmāṁsā, Smṛiti
and Nyāya, and is a resident of Janhupura, for the performance of Vaiśvadēva, bali, charu,
agnihōtra and other sacrifices, for being enjoyed by sons, grandsons and lower descendants
as long as the moon, the sun and the earth will endure− on the occasion of a lunar eclipse on the
tithi of Aṅgārikā, for the augmentation of religious merit and fame in this world and here-after of My parents and Myself.
..(Line 58)−Therefore, future rulers, knowing that the religious merit of a gift of land is
shared by them also, should preserve this religious gift; for this attainment of the reward of
religious merit due to the protection of a gift of land is common to all.
(Line 61)− And this has been declared by the holy Vyāsa, the redactor of the Vēdas :−
...(Here follow nine benedictory and imprecatory verses.)
(Line 74)−This religious gift is known to have been made by the illustrious
Vajjaḍadēva, the son of the illustrious Gōggi. The illustrious Chhadvaidēva is giving
this charter as thus known.
No. 5: PLATES IX-XII
THESE plates were discovered by one Bala Tukaram, while digging in the compound
of his house at Chikhala-pākhāḍī, a part of Muruḍ Janjirā in the Kolābā District of
the Mahārāshṭra State. They were sold to the Baroda State Museum through the efforts
of Prof. H.D. Velankar of the Wilson College, Bombay. They have since then been deposited
in that Museum. Mr. A.S. Gadre of the Archaeological Department, Baroda, edited this
and the following set of plates (called Set II) in the Important Inscriptions from the Baroda State, Vol. I, pp. 35 f. together with their facsimiles. They are edited here from the same facsimiles.
‘A festival of Mars on the fourteenth of the latter half of Chaitra’ (M.W.).