A plate inscribed only on the recto. Its surface is flat, without raised rims. The hole (0.6 cm in diameter) for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally 3 centimetres from the edte. All dimensions are uncertain, since #Deshpande_Mahajan_1939 only had access to photographs.
Notes and provenance
This stone inscription is carved onto the back wall of the veranda of the Ghaṭokaca cave at Gulwāḍā, which is a Buddhist site. The inscription, like those found at Ajaṇṭā, has been damaged by the weather, originally being 22 lines long, but now the last four lines are almost completely worn away. (Mirashi, p. 112) According to Shastri, the inscription was incised to record the excavation of the cave in which it is recorded and its donation to a Buddhist saṅgha, although the damage to the inscription over time has led to the details of the donation remaining unknown. The beginning of the inscription includes praise of the Buddha and a family history of Varāhadevā , a minister of the Vākāṭaka king, Hariṣeṇa. (Shastri, p. 44-45)
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