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The Indian Analyst


 

South Indian Inscriptions


 
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Contents

Introduction

Preface

Contents

List of Plates

Abbreviations

Additions And Corrections

Images

Miscellaneous

Inscriptions And Translations

Kalachuri Chedi Era

Abhiras

Traikutakas

Early Kalachuris of Mahishmati

Early Gurjaras

Kalachuri of Tripuri

Kalachuri of Sarayupara

Kalachuri of South Kosala

Sendrakas of Gujarat

Early Chalukyas of Gujarat

Dynasty of Harischandra

Administration

Religion

Society

Economic Condition

Literature

Coins

Genealogical Tables

Texts And Translations

Incriptions of The Abhiras

Inscriptions of The Maharajas of Valkha

Incriptions of The Mahishmati

Inscriptions of The Traikutakas

Incriptions of The Sangamasimha

Incriptions of The Early Kalcahuris

Incriptions of The Early Gurjaras

Incriptions of The Sendrakas

Incriptions of The Early Chalukyas of Gujarat

Incriptions of The Dynasty of The Harischandra

Incriptions of The Kalachuris of Tripuri

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Vol. IV - VIII

Volume IX

Volume X

Volume XI

Volume XII

Volume XIII

Volume XIV

Volume XV

Volume XVI

Volume XVII

Volume XVIII

Volume XIX

Volume XX

Volume XXII_Part I

Volume XXII_Part II

Tanjavur

Tiruvarur

Volume XXIII

Volume XXIV

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India

Sudharsanam

Pudukkottai

INSCRIPTIONS OF THE EARLY GURJARAS

No .16; Plate X
KAIRA PLATES OF DADDA II (PRASANTARAGA)(KALACHURI) YEAR 380

THIS set of two copper-plates was found about 1827 together with three others1 in the town of khēdá or kairá, the headquarters of a district of the same name in Gujarat, Bombay State. “The river ‘Watrua’ runs close to the walls of khēdá on the north-west side, and was the cause of the discovery by washing down the walls and earth.”2 The plates were brought to notice ten years later by Dr. A. Burn who sent transcripts and facsimiles of them to Mr. James Prinsep, then Secretary of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. As three of them contained dates both in words and in figures, Mr. Prinsep first published facsimiles and explanations of date-portions of the grants, in J.A.S.b., Vol, VII, p. 348, and later on a mixed transcript of two of them , which were congnate grants of Dadda II on pp.908 ff. of the same volume. When Dr. Burn returned home, he presented the Royal Asiatic Society with three of the sets, Viz., two containing this and the following grant of Dadda-Praśāntāraga and the third a grant of Vijayarāja3. The grants were subsequently published together with facsimile plates and a translation, by Prof. J. Dowson in the J.R.A.S. (New Series) (1865), Vol. I, pp 247 ff. The original plates of the two grants of Dadda II have since been lost. When Dr. Fleet edited them finally in the Indian Antiquary, Vol. XIII, pp. 8I ff., he had to depend on the facsimiles accompanying Prof. Dowson’s article. I edit them here from the same facsimiles.

The facsimiles show two plates, each measuring about 111/2 broad and 93/6 high. It is not possible to say whether their edges were smooth or were raised into rims for the protection of the writing. The lower proper left corner of the first plate is broken off, resulting in the loss of from one to six akshara in II. 21-29. Besides a small portion of the upper proper right corner of the second plate is lost, causing a partial destruction of the first six aksharas of 1.31. The missing aksharas can, however, be supplied from the corresponding portion of the following grant. The plates seem, otherwise, to be in a state of good preservation. Prof. Dowson’s facsimiles are fairly good, though it is not unlikely that some letters which were legible on the original plates, have not come out in them4 In making the subjoined transcript I have, however, taken Prof. Dowson’s lithographs to be accurate copies of the original plates.

The Plates have each two roundish holes about 15/2 “ in diameter for the rings which must have originally held them together. The lithograph shows, however, only one ring with a round seal about 1 ½” in diameter. The surface of the seal is divided into two fairly equal parts by a horizontal line. The upper part contains in relief ‘some symbol of sun-worship’, while the lower has the legend Sāmantha dada in the same characters as those of the records on the plates.

The characters of the inscriptions, excepts the sign-manual, belong to the western variety of the southern alphabets. There are small knobs on the tops of letters. The

1Two of these were another grants of Dadda II of the year 385 ( No. 17, below) and grant of Vijayarāja of the Chālukya dynasty ( no 34, below ) No information about the third set is available.
2J.A.S.B., Vol VII, p. 908.
3No.34 below.
4For instance, the superscript ch in āchchidyāmānakam, I. 46, which must have been incised on the original plate, does not appear in the lithograph.

 

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