The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Varanasi Stone Pillar Inscription of the Time of Budhagupta

The inscription is on one side of the square base of the pillar.

Object URI
OB00039
Inscription URI
IN00043

Basic Metadata

Extent
30 cm width x 10 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
northern class, eastern Gupta
Script size
1.2
Reigning Monarch
Budhagupta
Date (min)
477
Date (max)
478
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 159 mārgaśīrṣa 28 (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
First reported (with photograph of the pillar) in Banerji_1945:5-6. Listed in #ARIE_1952-53:73 (B. 456). Edited in #Sircar_1949:5-7.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
37
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.33A
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
49
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
282-283
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