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Professor Hultzsch from the latter part of 1886 when he was appointed Epigraphist to the Government of Madras started a systematic collection of Inscriptions of Southern India.  The Publication of these documents with texts and translations was taken up simultaneously and the following fascicule of South Indian Inscriptions were issued between the years 1886 and 1903. They included 321 records edited critically and supplied all the material that may be practically necessary for constructing the rough outlines of Chola and Pallava history.

On the North of Vindhyas side, in the year 1909, the late Shri. V. Venkayya, M.A. and Shri. Rai Bahadur, Epigraphist to the Government of India, volunteered their services to continue the work of Professor Hultzsch. In 1935, the Director of Archeology asked Shri. Vasudev Vishnu Mirashi, M.A., a former Principal and Professor of Sanskrit, Morris College at Nagpur, Vidarbha Mahavidyalaya at Amaravati, and before that Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit in the University of Nagpur to study the records of Kalachuri and Chedi dynasties. He handed over the transcript of his research in 1944 but because of World War II, the independence of India, and other circumstances, it was printed in 1954 in two parts. We are making available Part 1 of Kalachuri-Chedi inscriptions and Part 2 of Kalachuri-Chedi Inscriptions.

In addition, we have also digitized the following books:


A new set of books under Epigraphica India series and Annual Reports on Indian Epigraphy have also been digitzed. At present, we have:

In these pages, we present these are inscriptions printed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on inscriptions from South India. This work has taken an enormous amount of energy, time, and money to digitize these texts and make them available to any individual interested in Indian history.

We hope that the availability of these inscriptions on the Internet will spur research into the history of India..

Darasuram Temple Inscriptions

Konerirajapuram Temple Inscriptions

Volume 27 contains inscriptions of Alupa, Kalyana, and Chola Empires. It was edited by Dr. M.D. Sampath, Late Sri. H.K. Narasimhaswamu, Sri. Madhav N. Katti, and Late Dr. B.R. Gopal. This volume contains 465 inscriptions from the erstwhile Madras Presidecy now parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu (Anantpur, Chitoor, Bellary, and Chengalpettai) . Most of them in Kannada, and has interesting windows of political, socio-economic, and relgious history of India. The set of inscriptions include those of early dynasties such as Nolambas and Rastrakutas dating back to the 8th century CE.

Volume 26 represents all the important dynasties of Cholas,  Pandya, Vijayanagara, Telugu Chgoda, Hoysalas, Kakatiya, Pallva, Nayakas.  It was edited by Shri P.R.Srinivasn.  It contains inscriptions of several kings such as Rajaraja I, Rajadhiraja I, Rajendra I, Kulottunga, Uttamachola, Vikrama-Chola, Parantaka I, Vikrama Chola, Dutch, Gajapatis, Pandyas, Pallava, Reddis.

Volume 24 represents all the important dynasties of Cholas,  Pandya, Vijayanagara, Telugu Chgoda, Hoysalas, Kakatiya, Gajapati, Nayakas.  It was edited by Shri H.K.Narasimhaswamy.  It contains inscriptions of several kings such as Rajaraja I, Rajadhiraja I, Rajendra I, Kulottunga, Uttamachola, Krishanadevaraya, Vikrama-Chola. Aditya I, Parantaka I, Vikrama Chola, Vira Kulasekhara.

Volume 23 represents all the important dynasties of Cholas, Pallava, Pandya, Vijayanagara, Pottapi-Chodas, and Rashtrakuta. It was edited by Dr. G. V. Srinivasa Rao.  It contains inscriptions of several kings such as Rajaraja II, Rajadhiraja II, Rajendra I, Kulottunga, Parantaka, Parthivendravarman, Uttamachola, Parakesarivarman, Rajakesarivarman, Krishnadevaraya, Maravarman Sundara Pandya, Konerinmaikondan, Vikrama-Chola.

Tiruvarur Temple Inscriptions

Tanjavur Temple Inscriptions

Volume 22 Part 2 represents all the important dynasties of Cholas, Pallava, Pandya, Vijayanagara and Hoysalas.  It was edited by Dr. G. V. Srinivasa Rao. It contains inscriptions of several kings such as Rajaraja I, Rajaraja III, Rajendra I, Kulottunga, Parantaka, Parthivendravarman, Uttamachola, Parakesarivarman, Rajakesarivarman, Krishnadevaraya, Maravarman Sundara Pandya.

Volume 22 Part 1 represents all the important dynasties of Cholas, Pallava, Pandya, Vijayanagara, Rashtrakuta and Sambuvaraya. It was edited by (Late) Shri G. V. Srinivasa Rao. It contains inscriptions of several kings such as Rajaraja I, Rajendra I, Kulottunga, Parantaka I, Parthivendravarman, Uttamachola, Parakesarivarman, Rajakesarivarman, Krishnadevaraya, Maravarman Sundara Pandya

Volume 20 represent all the important ruling dynasties of Bombay & Karnataka.  It was edited by Dr. G. S. Gai, Ph.D. It contains inscriptions of several dynasties such as Chutus, Chalukyas of Badami, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas of Kalyana, Kalachuryas, Yadavas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara Kings, Western Gangas, Rattas, Kadambas, Sode Chiefs, and Muslim rulers.

Volume 19 contains full of Tamil Inscriptions about Parakesarivarman.

Volume 18 contains Bombay Karnataka Inscriptions-The Early Chalukyas, The Rashtrakutas, The later Chalukyas, The Kalachuryas, The Hoysalas, The Yadavas, The Vijayanagara Kings, Mysore Rulers, The Kadambas, The Guttas and Miscellaneous Inscriptions.

Volume 17 contains 771 inscriptions collected between 1903-1904. The inscriptions are from several dynasties including Western Chalukya, Chola, Hoysala, Kalachurya, Marathas of Tanjavur, Nayakas of Thanjavur, Pallava, Pandyas, Pandyas of Ucchangi, Rashtrakutas, Sambuvaryas, Sultans of Mysore, Telugu Cholas, Tondaman, Vijayanagara, Yadava, and Yadavaraya. 

Volume 16 contains the Telugu inscriptions of the Vijayanagara Dynasty. The 335 inscriptions in this volume is only a small fraction of inscriptions in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada of this glorious dynasty. A great introduction to this dynasty is also included.

Volume 15 contains the Bombay Karnataka Inscriptions of the Chalukyas, Kalachuris, Yadavas, Hoysalas, Kadambas, Sindas, Vijayanagara Kings, Muslim Rulers, Marathas, East India Company and Miscellaneous Inscriptions.

Volume 14 contains Pandya inscriptions. The Annamalai inscriptions and Vellvikudi plates are reproduced. A very good introduction to the Pandya dynasty is also included.

Volume 13 contains later Chola 352 inscriptions from Chitoor to Tirunelveli. About 50 of them belong to  Aditya Chola I. While it is difficult to differentiate inscriptions between Gandaraditya Chola and Sundara Chola, astronomical references in some inscriptions have enabled the identification of some of them to Gandaraditya Chola who seemed to have been assisted in Administration by his brother Arikulakesari also known as Arinjiya Chola. About 60 inscriptions are identified with Parantaka II Sundara Chola. About 50 inscriptions are attributed to Rajaraja Chola I. Also mentioned in several inscriptions are feudal kings such as Palluvetraiyar, Kodumbalur Vellar.

Volume 12 contains 265 Pallava inscriptions dating from the 3rd to 13th A.D. A brief history of the Pallava empire is also presented in this book's introduction.

Volume 11 contains Bombay-Karnataka Inscriptions(Vol-1 - Part I & II) of the Narasimhavarman I, Simhavishnu, Vijayaditya Satyasraya, Vikramaditya II, Kirtivarman II, Rashtrakutas, Govinda III, Amoghavarsha I, Krishna II, Govinda IV, Krishna III, Kottigadeva,  Ahavamalla Taia II, Irivabodanga Satyasraya, Jagadekamalla Jayasimha II, Trilokyamalla Somesvara I, Bhuvanakamalla Somesvara II and Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI of the Western Chalukya dynasty of Kalyana. A great Introduction to this inscription is also included.

Volume 10 contains Telugu inscriptions from Andhra Pradesh. It was edited by Kalaprapurna J Ramayya Pantulu and N Lakshminarayan Rao and first published in 1948, this scholarly series compiles inscriptions from the region then known as the Madras presidency. It contains inscriptions of Vishnukundins, Eastern Chalukyas, Western Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Cholas, Kakatiyas, Reddis, Early Cholas of Renadu, Vaidumbas, Chindas, Eastern Gangas, Gajapathis, Qutb-Shahis of Golkonda, Moghuls, and smaller miscellaneous dynasties.

Volume 9 contains miscellaneous inscriptions in Kannada inscriptions from Andhra Pradesh. It was edited by R Shama Sastry assisted by N. Lakshminarayan Rao, and first published in 1941, this scholarly series compiles inscriptions from  Banas, Vaidumbas, Nolamba-Pallavas, Chalukyas of Badami, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas of Kalyani, Kalachuryas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Yadavas, Guttas, Alupas, Cholas of Renandu, Eastern Chalukyas and the dynasties of Vijayanagara, Ummattur Chiefs, Changalva, Mysore Kings miscellaneous dynasties.

Volume 8 Miscellaneous Inscriptions in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada

Volume 7 Miscellaneous Inscriptions in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada

Volume 6 Miscellaneous Inscriptions in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada

Volume 5 Miscellaneous Inscriptions in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada

Volume 4 Miscellaneous Inscriptions in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada

Volume 3 contains miscellaneous inscriptions of Tamil. It carries inscriptions of Parthivendravarman, Parakesarivarman, Parakesarivarman Uttama Chola, Parantaka II, Rajakesarivarman, Madiraikonda Rajakesarivarman, Parakesarivarman Parantaka I, Rajakesarivarman Aditya I, Virarajendra I, Kulottunga Chola I, Vikrama Chola and Kulottunga Chola III. It also presents copper plate texts of Rajendra Chola I, Rajadhiraja I, Kulottunga Chola I, Tribhuvanachakravartin Rajarajadeva, Kulottunga Chola III and Rajakesarivarman.

Volume 2 presents an introduction to Epigraphy, brief history of Rajaraja Chola I. It carries inscriptions of Rajaraja Chola I, Rajendra Chola I, Konnerinmaikondan, Thirumalaideva, and Mallapa Nayaka found in the Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple. It also presents cave and copper plate texts of Nandivaraman Pallavamalla, Parantaka Chola I, Kollothunga Chola I, Rajaraja Chola III, Achuthappa Nayaka, and Vijaya Nandivarman (III).

Volume 1 contains Tamil and Sanskrit inscriptions chiefly collected in 1886-87. It carries inscriptions of Pallava dynasty, Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram, Eastern Chalukya dynasty, inscriptions at Mamallapuram, Velur, Virinchipuram, Polur, Padavedu.

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