The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Wadgaon Plates of Pravarasena II

A set of four plates, the first and last inscribed only on the inner side, the others on both faces. The hole (1 cm in diameter) for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally 3.3 cm from the edge. The plates were linked by a ring, but their seal is lost. The second plate is thicker than the others and the second and third have thickened edges.

Object URI
16.5cm width x 8.9cm height. Weight 282 grams (approximate).
Notes and provenance
The inscription records the donation of four hundred nivartanas by royal measure in the village of Velusuka and was issued in the 25th year of Pravarasena II reign although the grant was made in the 20th year (Shastri p. 29 - 30). The donation was made to Brāhmaṇa Rudrarya.
History details
Discovered for scholarship in 1942, in the possession of a villager in Waḍgaon whose grandson saw another set of Vākāṭaka plates in Nagpur museum and brought these in for decipherment. Waḍgaon is in the Warorā tehsil of Cāndā district, Maharashtra, probably at 20.593436, 78.962857. There are at least two more settlements of the same name in the vicinity, but this one seems to be an independent hamlet, while the other two are presently districts or suburbs of larger towns (Chandrapur and Yavatmal). Chakravarti_1946:49 says the plates were probably discovered at the village of Cicolī, but he also says the grandson was living in Cicolī in Wardha district in the 1940s, had lived in Waḍgāon earlier, and the plates had been in his family "for some generations," so his information seems conflicting; furthermore, there seems to be no village named Chicholi in the area. Mirashi identifies several toponyms mentioned in the charter in the immediate vicinity of modern Ciñcmaṇḍal (20.249763, 78.812875) which may be the same as Chakravarti's Cicolī.
Event Type
Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay
Event Place Uncertain