The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Hisse-Borala Demon's Stone

A slab of "a variety of basalt stone" (Gokhale_1967:1). Presently in three fragments. Since their history is shared, the fragments are not represented separately here.

Object URI
OB00179
Extent
15.2cm width x 8.3cm height.
Notes and provenance
The four lined stone inscription was first published in 1963-1964. It was discovered in what is considered to be a wall of ancient bricks which appear to have made a dam near the village of Hisse-Borālā. The inscription, which is dated to the reign of Devasena, contains a reference to the Śaka year 380, (i.e. A.D. 458-59), which is the earliest known reference to the Śaka era within the Vidarbha region. The inscription records the construction of a tank called Sudraśena by Svāmilladeva, an officer of Devasena. (Shastri, pp. 106-107)
History details
Discovered for scholarship by Shobhana Gokhale in 1964, near the village of Hisse-Borālā (Hisse Borhala on Google Maps, at or near 20.034285, 77.152062). The stone, known to villagers as "Demon's Stone," was in a nullah of the river Vatsagulmā, near the "remains of an ancient brick wall beside an old lake" (Gokhale_1967:1; possibly here, 20.047228, 77.161011?). This wall is locally called pāḷu, which means "bank of a lake." It was broken in two when found, and one of the pieces broke again in two while being transported to the Collector's office at Akola. It appears that photographs had been taken by Gokhale before this second fracture; conversely, the plates in #Kolte_1965 show that this resulted in the loss of the beginning of line 1, and a vertical break largely obliterating "kare" in line 2 and slightly affecting "yuge" in line 3.