The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Kahaum Pillar of the Time of Skandagupta

The pillar is square to the height of about 140 cm (the width and depth dimensions above pertain to this section), then octagonal for about 190 cm. The next section, about 180 cm, is sixteen-sided, and the next again, about 65 cm, is cylindrical. The next 23 cm is square again (the sides are 45 cm long here), and finally cylindrical again for 12 cm. The total length of the shaft is thus about 610 centimetres. One face of the bottom section has an image of a naked man with a seven-hooded snake above his head (Pārśvanātha?), accompanied by two kneeling figures, one male and one female. The capital is 130 cm in total length, consisting of a lotus bell topped by another square section with a naked figure on each face (probably Ādinātha, Śāntinātha, Neminātha and Mahāvīra, who together with Pārśvanātha make up the pañcendras or ādikartṛs mentioned in the inscription, #Indraji_Burgess_1881:126). There is a metal spike at the top which apparently held a carved image.

Object URI
OB00030
Extent
56 cm width x 740 cm height x 56 cm depth
History details
Discovered between 1807 and 1816 by Francis Buchanan (Hamilton) in Kahāum/Kahāon (Deoria dist., U.P.) his survey of the provinces subject to the Presidency of Bengal. The pillar is next to an old well, two ruined temples and several tanks, all of which (along with the village) are atop a low but large (500 yards square) mound of brick ruin.
Event Type
Created
Place
Kahāum
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Kahāum
Event Place Uncertain
Event Place Qualifier
/Kahāon
Date
1807-16
Event Type
Stored
Place
in situ
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1983