The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Bilsad Northern Stone Pillar of Kumaragupta I

The pillar is at the southwest corner of the eastern part of Bilsaḍ town (Eta, UP). It is the northern member of the western pair in a group of four columns, probably remnants of the temple of Mahāsena mentioned in the inscription. The western columns are circular monoliths with copies of the inscription; the other pair (26 metres to the east) is square and bears no inscription. The height given for the pillar is for the extant finished portion; the top is broken off, while at the bottom there is a rough section of unknown length. The southern column of the western pair has a duplicate of this inscription (%I-0020), with the lines arranged differently, and the text mostly eroded to illegibility. The eastern pair consists of square columns, bearing images of Gaṅgā (northern column) and Yamunā (southern column).

Object URI
OB00018
Extent
~300 cm width x 48-51 cm diameter
History details
Discovered in 1877-78 by Cunningham in Bilsaḍ (aka Bilsaṇḍa, Etah District, UP).
Event Type
Created
Place
Bilsaḍ
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Bilsaḍ
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1877-78
Event Type
Stored
Place
in situ
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain