The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Bidar Plates of Devasena

This is a 20th-century iron copy of an original set of three copper plates. The first is inscribed only on the inner side, the second and third on both faces (3 verso is only partly filled). No measurements have been reported. They probably have no raised rims. The hole for the connecting ring is on the left-hand side, vertically at the centre, and horizontally at about one fifth of the length of the plate from the edge. The plates are linked by a ring, the ends of which are soldered to a seal.

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Notes and provenance
The location of the original five copper plates and their ring are no longer known, but iron reproductions of the plates were created by a Bidri worker in Bīdar when the plates were brought to him by a villager from the Bechchali tālukā of the Bīdar district. Although the original plates are untraceable, the iron copies give an accurate copy of the plates which record Devasena’s donation of the village of Velpakoṇḍā in ‘favour of one Raddochha, a scholar of the four Vedas’ (Shastri p. 108). The inscription was issued from Vatsagulma. According to Shastri (p. 109) this is the only known complete official grant of Devasena. Shastri (p.110) also argues that this plate is important because it may prove that the Vatsagulma branch of the Vākāṭakas spread into Karnataka, as the ending of the named village in the inscription may suggest.
History details
These plates were brought for sale to the Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute in Hyderabad sometime before 1986, having been created, presumably recently, by a bīdṛī artist of Bīdaṛ (17.914389,77.528625), Karnataka. They are purportedly (and credibly) accurate copies of an original set in copper, which had been shown to the bīdṛī worker by a villager "from Bechchali taluk, Bidar district," (ParabrahmaSastry_1986:71) who refused to part with them. Bidar district does not seem to have a taluk with a name even remotely resembling Bechchali.
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Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad
Event Place Uncertain