The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Eran Pillar Inscription of the time of Budhagupta

The bottom of the inscription is 1 metre above the pedestal, on the west side of the pillar (facing the temples).

Object URI
OB00041
Inscription URI
IN00045

Basic Metadata

Extent
77 cm width x 50 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
southern variety. The characters are larger and more loosely spaced in the first three lines, then seem to get progressively smaller, reaching a minimum in line 6.
Script size
1.3-1.9
Reigning Monarch
Budhagupta
Date (min)
483
Date (max)
484
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 165 āṣāḍha śukla 12; Thursday (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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jayati vibhuś catur-bhujaś catur-arṇṇava-vipula-salila-paryyaṅkaḥ
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jagataḥ sthity-utpatti-<unclear cert="low">vya</unclear><supplied cert="low" reason="undefined">yaika</supplied>-<lb n="2" />hetur ggaruḍa-ketuḥ
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<l>śate pañca-ṣaṣṭy-adhike varṣāṇāṃ bhūpatau ca budhagupte
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jjagati mahār<unclear>āja</unclear>-<lb n="4" />śriyam anubhavati suraśmicandre ca|
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Bibliography description
First noticed (with transliteration, translation and eye copy) in #Prinsep_1838c:633-634. Translation reprinted in #Prinsep_1858:249. Reading and translation revised in #Hall_1861b:17-20. Discussed and corrected in #ASIR_10:81-82. Critically edited in #Fleet_1888. Summarised in #Trivedi_2001:21 (No. 6).
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
19
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
39
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1287
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.35
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
54
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
288-289
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