The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 3

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.