The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Eran Pillar of the time of Budhagupta

The monolithic pillar is on a pedestal 4 metres square, 23 metres to the east of the general line of the Eraṇ temples, about 800 metres west of the village. By its position it seems to be connected to the small double temple marked C and D in #Cunningham_1880a:87. The lower part of the shaft is square to a height of 6 metres (width and depth dimensions above pertain to this section). The next section is octagonal for 244 cm. This is followed by the capital, consisting of a lotus bell 106 cm tall, an abacus 46 cm tall, and a square block 92 cm tall. The lower half of this block is plain, while the upper half bears on each face two lions sitting back to back. On top of this there is a two-armed male figure 152 cm tall, with a radiated halo around its head. The figure has two fronts and no back. One of the faces looks west towards the temples, the other east towards the town.

Object URI
OB00041
Extent
87 cm width x 1310 cm height x 87 cm depth
Notes and provenance
This pillar has a number of graffiti on it. Four of these, said to be the only ones in ancient characters, are copied, transliterated and translated in #Prinsep_1838c:634-635. These should be edited (probably as independent inscriptions, possibly as a single graffiti file with textpart divs). One of them mentions sāmanta doṣa (I've actually found this in the BL gallery, http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/apac/photocoll/s/019pho000001003u01297000.html); another mentions a sāmantapauttra. My digital copy of JASB 7 (containing this Prinsep article) is not very good, the devanagari is all but impossible to read in it - need a look at the original. There is also a recent article, possibly by Alok Shrotriya, about some graffiti on the pillar: "New inscriptions found from Eran", Kala Vaibhav, Journal of Indira Kala and Sangeet University, Khairagarh (C.G.) INDIA, Vol. XIV, 2004–05, pp. 47–51.
History details
Discovered in 1838 by Captain T.S. Burt of the Engineers.
Event Type
Created
Place
Airikiṇa
Event Place Uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Airikiṇa
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1838
Event Type
Stored
Place
in situ
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1983