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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 

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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

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MISCELLANEOUS

No. 33; PLATE XXVII
SPURIOUS MANKANI PLATES OF TARALASVAMIN : (KALACHURI) YEAR 346

OF the two copper-plates which, as shown below, purport to record a grant of Taralasvāmin, one was discovered as far back as 1864 somewhere in the Sańkhēdā Tālukā in the Baroda District and has been edited with a lithograph, by Mr. H.H. Dhruva in the Epigraphia Indica, Vol. II, pp. 19 f. This plate contained only the concluding portion of the grant, including the benedictive and imprecatory verses, the name of the writer and the date. The other plate, which was recently found in the possession of Patel Mathurabhai of Māńkaņī, a village in the Sańkhēdā Tālukā has been edited with a facsimile by Mr. A. S. Gadre in the Important Inscriptions from the Baroda State, Vol. I, pp. 4 f. This plate contains the earlier portion of the grant, viz., the genealogy of the donor, the name of the donee and the object granted. The text of the latter plate ends exactly where that of the former begins.1 Their characters also completely agree. There is, therefore, no doubt that the two plates make one complete grant. The plate edited by Mr. Dhruva, the exact provenance of which has not been recorded, may therefore have come from Māńkaņī itself. That this grant is probably spurious was shown by me in an article published in the Journal of the Ganganath Jha Research Institute, Vol. II, pp. 389 f. I edit the record here from excellent ink impressions of both the plates, which I owe to the kindness of Mr. A.S. Gadre.

The plates measures 8" in breadth and 3.4" in height. The first weighs 17¼ and the second 16 ¾ tolas. The writing on both is in a state of good preservation. The plates contain two holes, .2" in diameter, at the top, for the rings which must have originally held them together, but no ring or seal has been discovered. The record consists of twenty lines, of which ten are inscribed on the inner side of each plate. The average size of the letters is .15".

The characters belong to the western variety of the southern alphabets, and resemble those of the grants of the Gurjaras and Early Kalachuris. The only peculiarities worth noticing here are that the initial i consists of two curves, one below the other, in iv=oddhuta- 1.3, while it has its usual form in inv, 1.7; the length of medial i is indicated by a dot in a circle or by a double curve, see –vichi-, 1.3; the curve of the subscript t is added to the right of its vertical in bhukta, 1.15; the subscript form of th shows a notch in –sthiti-, 1.II; v is almost rectangular in –vaisvadeva-, 1.I0 and the subscript m is cursive in nirmmalya, ll. 18-19. Punctuation is marked by a short horizontal stroke in l.20 and by double vertical stroke in ll. 15-20.

The language is Sanskrit, and except for four benedictive and imprecatory verses, the record is in prose throughout. The orthography shows the usual peculiarities of the doubling of a consonant after r as in –kīrttih, 1.4, the substitution of the guttural nasal for anusvāra in –vanśair=, 1.I3 and –chatvārińśōttarakē, l.20, and the use of ri for ŗi in krishatah, l.I2. _______________________

1 The record on the first plate ends with pañcha-mahā-yajña-kriy-ōtsarppaņ-ārttham, while that on the second plate begins with ā-chandr-ārk-ārņņava-kshiti-sthiti-samakālīnam.

 

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