The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Eran Pillar Inscription of Goparaja

The inscription is at the top of the lower octagonal section of the extant part of the pillar, occupying three of its faces. The bottom line is about 15 cm above the ground (#Bhandarkar_1981:352). The inscription is weathered and damaged by the whetting of tools on the edges, but most of it is quite legible on the original stone.

Object Reference
Object URI
OB00045
Inscription URI
IN00050

Basic Metadata

Extent
50 cm width x 28 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class
Script size
1-1.6
Reigning Monarch
Bhānugupta
Date (min)
509
Date (max)
510
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 191 śrāvaṇa kṛṣṇa 7 (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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Bibliography description
First reported in #ASIR_10:89-90. Edited in #Fleet_1888. Summarised in #Trivedi_2001:21-22 (No. 7). Further details about %OB00045 and its history in #Mirashi_1955:605-608.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
20
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
43
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1290
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.38
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
59
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
317-321
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