The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Karamdanda Linga of the Time of Kumaragupta I

The inscription occupies five faces of the octagonal base, with the lines running contiguously across the faces. An indentation of the base below line 4 has destroyed some of the top mātrās in line 5, and the bottom has been broken off, leaving line 12 incomplete and any number of further lines lost.

Object URI
OB00023
Inscription URI
IN00025

Basic Metadata

Extent
44 cm width x 50 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, western Gupta with idiosyncratic m
Script size
2.9
Reigning Monarch
Kumāragupta I
Date (min)
435
Date (max)
436
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 117 kārttika 10 (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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Bibliography description
First noticed in 1908 by Kunwar Kamta Prasad, Collector of Faizabad (says #Bhandarkar_1981:280 and #Konow_1909-10:70 - but neither gives any reference to a publication). Summary of contents in #PRAS-N_1908:23, 39. First edited in #Bandyopadhyaya_1909:457-459, re-edited in #Konow_1909-10.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
21
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1270
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.17
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
25
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
162-165
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