The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Mohalla Unfinished Charter of a Vakataka Ruler

Object URI
OB00161
Inscription URI
IN00174

Basic Metadata

Extent
19.5 cm width x 8.5 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
southern box-headed
Script size
0.7
Date (min)
350
Date (max)
499
Date comments
Basis of dating: conjecture.
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<p>Inscribed on one side (presumed verso) only, with 5 lines. Very carefully engraved and in excellent condition. Campus and character size are estimates. The charter appears to be unfinished, with space left at the beginning for the word dṛṣṭam, and also some space left empty at the end.</p>
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
First edited (with facsimile) by Mirashi in Bhārata Itihāsa Saṃśodhaka Maṇḍala Quarterly, vol. 15 (not in bibliography; no further details known); this paper is reprinted(?) in G. H. Khare's Sources of the Mediaeval History of the Deccan (vol. II p1ff; also not in bibliography @needs adding). Re-edited in #Mirashi_1933-34b and in #Mirashi_1963. Discussed in #Shastri_1997:6-9.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
17
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