The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Bilsad Stone Pillar Inscription of the time of Kumaragupta I: Duplicate (south column)

The inscription is on the eastern side of the pillar. It is in 16 lines, as opposed to 13 in the other specimen. Dimensions are not available. Bhandarkar (1981:268) gives the beginnings of the legible lines and notes that this duplicate has clarified some uncertain readings in the primary inscription.

Object URI
OB00019
Inscription URI
IN00020

Basic Metadata

Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, western Gupta, with oblong box-heads
Reigning Monarch
Kumāragupta I
Date (min)
414
Date (max)
416
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 96 (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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Bibliography description
First noticed in #ASIR_11:17-21. Treated only in passing in discussions of %IN00019; see there for further references.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
10
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
16
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1263
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.15
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
16
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
131-137
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