The Indian Analyst
 

South Indian Inscriptions

 

 

Contents

Introduction

Preface

Contents

List of Plates

Abbreviations

Corrigenda

Images

Introduction

The Discovery of the Vakatakas

Vakataka Chronology

The Home of The Vakatakas

Early Rulers

The Main Branch

The Vatsagulma Branch

Administration

Religion

Society

Literature

Architecture, Sculpture and Painting

Texts And Translations  

Inscriptions of The Main Branch

Inscriptions of The Feudatories of The Main Branch

Inscriptions of The Vatsagulma Branch

Inscriptions of The Ministers And Feudatories of The Vatsagulma Branch

Index

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Vol. 4 - 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

Volume 12

Volume 13

Volume 14

Volume 15

Volume 16

Volume 17

Volume 18

Volume 19

Volume 20

Volume 22
Part 1

Volume 22
Part 2

Volume 23

Volume 24

Volume 26

Volume 27

Tiruvarur

Darasuram

Konerirajapuram

Tanjavur

Annual Reports 1935-1944

Annual Reports 1945- 1947

Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Volume 2, Part 2

Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Volume 7, Part 3

Kalachuri-Chedi Era Part 1

Kalachuri-Chedi Era Part 2

Epigraphica Indica

Epigraphia Indica Volume 3

Epigraphia
Indica Volume 4

Epigraphia Indica Volume 6

Epigraphia Indica Volume 7

Epigraphia Indica Volume 8

Epigraphia Indica Volume 27

Epigraphia Indica Volume 29

Epigraphia Indica Volume 30

Epigraphia Indica Volume 31

Epigraphia Indica Volume 32

Paramaras Volume 7, Part 2

Śilāhāras Volume 6, Part 2

Vākāṭakas Volume 5

Early Gupta Inscriptions

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India

Pudukkottai

THE DISCOVERY OF THE VAKATAKAS

 

Almost all the Vākāṭaka grants are incised in box-headed characters, which soon became stereotyped. Experts therefore differed on the interpretation of their palaeographic evidence. Dr. Bühler referred the Vākāṭaka grants to the fifth century A.C.1 ., while Fleet2 and Kielhorn3, whose opinion Sukthankar4 cited with approval, assigned them to the eighth century A.C. The latter view appeared to be supported by the mention, in Vākāṭaka grants, of Mahārājādhirāja Dēvagupta as the maternal grandfather of Pravarasēna II. Fleet identified this Dēvagupta with Mahārājādhirāja Dēvagupta of Magadha, the son of Ādityasēna, mentioned in the Dēo-Barṇārka inscription, who flourished towards the close of the seventh century A.C. The Vākāṭakas were therefore believed to have ruled in the seventh and eighth centuries A.C. This estimate of their age proved to be wide of the mark by the discovery, in 1912, of the Poonā plates of Prabhāvatīguptā, which Prof. K. B. Pathak and Rao Bahadur K.N. Dikshit first briefly noticed in the Indian, Antiquary, Vol. XLI, (1912), pp. 214 f. and later edited fully in the Epigraphia Indica, Vol. XV, pp. 39 f. These plates explicitly mention that Prabhāvatīguptā, the chief queen (agra-mahishī) of the Vākāṭaka king Rudrasena II and mother of the crown-prince Divākarasēna, was the daughter of the illustrious Gupta king Mahārājādhirāja Chandragupta II.

These plates, though discovered with a coppersmith of Poonā, really belong to the Hiṅgaṇghāṭ tahsil of the Wardhā District in Vidarbha.5 The places mentioned in that grant could not be identified at the time, but the matrimonial relation of the Vākāṭakas and the Guptas explicity stated therein placed Vākāṭaka chronology on a sound basis. Thereafter, Vincent Smith, who had not written a single line on this dynasty in his Early History of India (third edition, published in 1914), wrote a lone article on it in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1914), pp. 317 f., setting forth, with his characteristic precision and clarity, the available evidence of copper-plate grants and stone inscriptions, and giving a history of the dynasty based on it. Later, Prof. J. Dubreuil6 and Dr. S.K. Aiyangar7 threw more light on the history of this royal family. It was, however, the late Dr. K.P. Jayaswal who brought the Vākāṭakas into prominence and assigned them their rightful place in the ancient history of India. In the book History of India, 150 A.D. to 530 A.D. to which he gave the significant name ‘Nāga-Vākāṭaka Imperial Period ,’Jayaswal tried to show that “imperial rule and paramount sovereignty had ben in the hands and keeping of the Vākāṭakas full sixty years before Samudragupta8.’ According to Jayaswal Pravarasēna I, the son of Vindhyaśakti, evolved a clear political thesis. “His thesis was a Hindu Empire for the whole of India and the enthronement of the Śāstras. Secondly, a great literary movement in favour of Sanskrit begins about 250 A.D. and in 50 years reaches a pitch at which the Guptas take it up. . . . . Thirdly, revival of Varṇāśramadharma and Hindu orthodoxy is emphasised very pointedly ; it was the cry of the time. The society under the Vākāṭaka imperialism was seeking to purge the abuses crept in under Kushāṇa rule. It was a Hindu Puritan Movement which was greatly fostered and which received a wide imperial implication under Pravarasēna I . . . . . Fourthly, under the Vākāṭakas the art of sculpture and the graphic art of Ajaṇṭā which lay under their direct government
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1 A.S.W.I., Vol. IV, p. 119.
2 C.I.I., Vol. III, Introduction, p. 15.
3 Ep. Ind., Vol. III, pp. 213 f.
4 Ibid., Vol. XVII, p. 13.
5 Below, p. 7.
6 Dubreuil, Ancient History of the Deccan, pp. 71 f.
7 Aiyangar, Ancient India (published by Sardesai), Vol. I, pp. 91f.
8 Jayaswal, History of India, 150 A.D. to 350 A.D., p. 5.

 

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