The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 45

A round, monolithic sandstone column. Beside Samudragupta's praśasti, it also bears two inscriptions by Aśoka as well as a number of mediaeval inscriptions, some of which are written between and over the lines of Samudragupta's inscription.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Kauśāmbī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Allahabad Fort
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Allahabad Fort
    Date
    1983

No description available except that it is a sacrificial pillar bearing "a general resemblance" to %OB00122, %OB00123 and %OB00124.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

Actually three fragments, found together and assembled. Dimensions above are for the assembly, which is a squarish slab. One fragment comprises the (viewer's) left-hand side, a bit more than half of the slab. The smaller right-hand portion is broken again in two; the location of this fracture is not described by Agrawala and cannot be seen in his facsimile.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, BHU
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. Inscribed all over the right-hand side of the reassembled slab. The first 2-3 characters of five lines are extant, and there are traces of the top of a sixth line (not reported by Agrawala). There may have been any number of additional lines both before the first and after the sixth line.

  2. Inscribed all over the front face of the reassembled slab, consisting of five entire lines and traces of the top of a sixth (not reported by Agrawala). The beginning of the first line (which is almost certainly the first line of the original inscription) is lost and any number of subsequent lines may have been present after the sixth.

The pillar is monolithic, consisting of a square base of 2 metres or more in height, a circular shaft (to which the diameter given above applies) 4.7 metres long, and a capital about 1 metre high. The capital is a lotus bell, with a deep narrow socket that presumably held a metal spike that in turn held a sculpture. The upper part of the base is smooth; the lower part is roughly chiselled.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Date
    1834
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on the eastern side of the smooth upper part of the base.

A fragment of a rectangular slab, thickness not reported.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhitarī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhitarī
    Date
    1970s?
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, BHU
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. Inscribed all over the extant surface, which contains the beginnings of three lines. The first line is probably the first line of the original inscription.

One of three fragments, found together and assembled; the assembly is itself a fragment of a pillar. This fragment comprises the (viewer's) left-hand side, a bit more than half of the slab. The width of this fragment is estimated

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab, fragment
Event History

One of three fragments, found together and assembled; the assembly is itself a fragment of a pillar. This fragment is the upper part of the smaller right-hand portion of the slab. The location of the horizontal fracture is not described by Agrawala, but may be between lines 2 and 3 of the front inscription (%IN00068). The width and height of this fragment are estimated.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab, fragment
Event History

One of three fragments, found together and assembled; the assembly is itself a fragment of a pillar. This fragment is the lower part of the smaller right-hand portion of the slab. The location of the horizontal fracture is not described by Agrawala, but may be between lines 2 and 3 of the front inscription (IN00068).  The width and height of this fragment are estimated.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab, fragment
Event History

Locals call this pillar thāḍī-patthar, "standing stone". The lower part is rectangular (apparently oblong), while the upper part is octagonal. Its height is not reported. The inscription is on one face of the lower part.

Materialsstone, sandstone, dark red
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bhumarā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bhumarā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. 9 lines, in a good state of preservation.

No detailed description of the column is available; the information here has been gleaned from Plate XVII in #Cunningham_1871a. The bottom of the pillar is broken off. The extant lower portion is octagonal and 175 cm long; above this there is an apparently circular shaft 221 cm long, followed by a square section (unless this bit is circular too)for a further 38 cm.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment of pillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bihar Sharif
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bihar fort
    Date
    1839
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Bihar Sharif
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on the octagonal section; this first inscription seems to have occupied four faces. Dimensions are estimated on the basis of the drawing of the pillar and the dimensions of the two inscriptions (%I-0047 and %I-0048) which together measure 40 by 104 cm.

  2. The inscription is on the octagonal section; this second inscription is below the first, separated by a double horizontal line extending from the left edge of the extant portion to the right margin of the present inscription. The inscription probably occupied only three of the faces covered by the first inscription. An unknown number of lines are lost at the end. Dimensions are estimated on the basis of the drawing of the pillar and the dimensions of the two inscriptions (%I-0047 and %I-0048) which together measure 40 by 104 cm.

The pillar is at the southwest corner of the eastern part of Bilsaḍ town (Eta, UP). It is the northern member of the western pair in a group of four columns, probably remnants of the temple of Mahāsena mentioned in the inscription. The western columns are circular monoliths with copies of the inscription; the other pair (26 metres to the east) is square and bears no inscription.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formcolumn
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bilsaḍ
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bilsaḍ
    Date
    1877-78
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription of 13 lines is on the eastern side of the pillar. Agrawala (1983:26) provides a third dimension (4.5 cm), which is presumably the depth of a recessed panel on the column.

The pillar is at the southwest corner of the eastern part of Bilsaḍ town (Eta, UP). It is the southern member of the western pair in a group of four columns, probably remnants of the temple of Mahāsena mentioned in the inscription. The western columns are circular monoliths with copies of the inscription; the other pair (26 metres to the east) is square and bears no inscription.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formcolumn
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Bilsaḍ
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bilsaḍ
    Date
    1877-78
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on the eastern side of the pillar. It is in 16 lines, as opposed to 13 in the other specimen. Dimensions are not available. Bhandarkar (1981:268) gives the beginnings of the legible lines and notes that this duplicate has clarified some uncertain readings in the primary inscription.

A Buddhist image; Fleet reports no additional details whatsoever.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formsculpture, Buddhist image
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

The bottom part of the original pillar is lost; the extant top portion has been fashioned into a liṅga, fitted in an ablution trough that had to be broken to reveal most of the inscription. The bottom section of the extant column is octagonal, then sixteen-sided, then octagonal again with sculptures of men and women on each face.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Airikiṇa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Eraṇ
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is at the top of the lower octagonal section of the extant part of the pillar, occupying three of its faces. The bottom line is about 15 cm above the ground (#Bhandarkar_1981:352). The inscription is weathered and damaged by the whetting of tools on the edges, but most of it is quite legible on the original stone.

The monolithic pillar is on a pedestal 4 metres square, 23 metres to the east of the general line of the Eraṇ temples, about 800 metres west of the village. By its position it seems to be connected to the small double temple marked C and D in #Cunningham_1880a:87. The lower part of the shaft is square to a height of 6 metres (width and depth dimensions above pertain to this section).

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar, dhvajastambha
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Airikiṇa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Airikiṇa
    Date
    1838
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The bottom of the inscription is 1 metre above the pedestal, on the west side of the pillar (facing the temples).

A colossal image of Varāha, facing east, in the portico of a ruined temple at the south end of the group of temples about 800 m to the west of the village. The inscription is on a flattened (slightly concave) panel on the Varāha's neck (or, as expressed by Hall_1861b:14, it "spans the throat of a colossal image of a swine"). The bottom of the panel is about 180 cm above the ground.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formsculpture, Varāha image
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Airikiṇa
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Date
    1838
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. 8 lines of text. Hall says the first line is considerably longer than the rest, but this is clearly wrong; the last line is, however, considerably shorter than the rest, and is aligned to the centre. The inscribed panel is just barely larger than the inscription. A vertical crack runs across the panel about 1/3 of its width from the right-hand side, damaging and destroying some characters.

A fragment. At least six full lines have been broken away from the top (a stanza and a half, with one pāda per line as in lines 7 to 24 (slightly different in 9-10); there may also have been a prose incipit before the first verse), an unknown number of lines lost from the bottom.

Materialssandstone, stone
Formblock
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Eraṇ (Airikiṇa)
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Eraṇ
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
Inscriptions
  1. A fragment. At least six full lines have been broken away from the top (a stanza and a half, with one pāda per line as in lines 7 to 24 (slightly different in 9-10); there may also have been a prose incipit before the first verse), an unknown number of lines lost from the bottom. The first few characters of lines 7 to 24 are destroyed, and from line 25 onward one pāda of verse is also lost from the beginning of each line.

A long slab, with the proper right side broken off and lost.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gaḍhwā
    Date
    1874-77
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. 4 lines, the beginning of each lost. Margins about 3.8 cm on all sides except proper right, where the slab is broken.

The inscription is on the pedestal of the image. No description in Agrawala.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formsculpture, Buddha image
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Mathurā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Govindnagar
    Date
    before 1982
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Mathura Museum
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. 3 lines of writing. No description in Agrawala.

A stone slab with the left edge damaged. Part of its bottom side has also been cut away and lost after it was found but before it was delivered to the Calcutta museum, possibly to adjust its size for fixing in some other building. Dimensions above are for the extant fragment.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gwalior
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gwalior fort
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    India Museum, Calcutta
    Date
    1929
Inscriptions
  1. Seven lines of text are extant. The first 2-3 characters of each line is lost. Much of the seventh line is also broken away along with lines 8 and 9, but these were extant and had been copied when the inscription was first noticed by scholars.