The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Mandasor Fragmentary Inscription of Gauri

Object URI
OB00190
Inscription URI
IN00204

Basic Metadata

Extent
23 cm width x 25 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
western Gupta, very similar to %IN00203
Script size
1.3
Date (min)
475
Date (max)
525
Date comments
Basis of dating: palaeography, active period of Gauri.
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<p>11 extant lines of writing, only vestiges of the 11th line visible. Several lines lost at the bottom, and the beginning and end of each extant line is also lost. #Sircar_1953-54b:128 reports the inscribed area as about 10 inches broad and 9 inches high; #Trivedi_1956:95 says it is 10 inches high and 9.5 inches broad. In the rubbing the height appears to be slightly larger than the breadth.</p>
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<p>The stone had presumably been lying under shallow soil until a flood of the river Śivnā in 1946, when it was uncovered and found in a field in the vicinity of Mandasor (24.065692, 75.080312). It was moved to a shed (or perhaps, as it seems from #Trivedi_1956:95, built into the stone foundation of a mud hut) and later noticed by a local goldsmith with an interest in antiquities, eventually coming to the attention of a history teacher who took photographs, then moved the stone itself to the Government Intermediate College of Mandasor where a small museum had been recently started. The photographs reached the office of the Government Epigraphist in 1954, and in 1955 Sircar studied the original stone in Mandasor. There seems to be no Government Intermediate College in Mandasor any more; there are a number of other Government Colleges though. The location of the inscription is not known. #Trivedi_1956:95 claims to have discovered the base of this pillar "imbedded in the same platform" (presumably of the mud house), but he failed to discover any additional inscribed fragments.</p>
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
Reported and edited in #Sircar_1953-54b:127-132; also reported (probably unaware of Sircar) in #Trivedi_1956. Also reported and edited (probably unaware of both) in #SadhuRam_1957. Discussed in #Mirashi_1957, #Sircar_1959-60b, #Mirashi_1959, #Sircar_1959, Sircar_1960. Summarised in #Trivedi_2001:24-26 (No. 11-12 and 13; Trivedi's numbers 12 and 13 both refer to this inscription).
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.52B
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
362
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