The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Varanasi Stone Pillar of the Time of Budhagupta

The base of the pillar is rectangular to a height of 72 cm, with four niches containing images which may be avatāras of Viṣṇu (see in #Banerji_Adris_1945:6 for descriptions). The next section, 14 cm high, is octagonal, and the next, 12 cm high, is sixteen-sided. The next 14 cm is circular and seems to be a pūrṇaghaṭa, described as a "base with foliage" in #Banerji_Adris_1945:5. The next and last section is 19 cm tall and is square and plain. No width/diameter data available; from the photo, the width seems to be a bit over 30 cm, which fits in with the size of the inscription. The niche above the inscription has a two-handed image holding a club and a discus.

Object URI
OB00039
Extent
~30 cm width x 131 cm height x ~30 cm depth
History details
Discovered in 1940-41 at Rājghāṭ, Vārāṇasī.
Event Type
Created
Place
Vārāṇasī
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Vārāṇasī
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1940-41
Event Type
Stored
Place
Bharat Kala Bhavan, BHU, Varanasi
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1983