The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 20

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

The pillars were originally erected as two pairs; members of each pair are about 7.5 metres from one another, while the distance between the pairs is about 23 metres. It is not clear whether Altekar discovered the foundation of the lost fourth pillar, or if he merely thinks there were originally two pairs. Altekar does not specify which pillar bears which inscription.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar, sacrificial
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Kotah

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.

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.

A plate inscribed on both sides. It probably has 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.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar
Event History

A plate inscribed on both sides, with only two partial lines on the verso. It probably has 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.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar
Event History

This is one of the four pillars of the maṇḍapa in front of the largest brick temple at Deo-Baranark. The maṇḍapa, now roofless, is probably later than the sanctum. The inscription occupies two faces of the square lower part of the column.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

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).

The pillar is square to the height of about 140 cm (the width and depth dimensions above pertain to this section), then octagonal for about 190 cm. The next section, about 180 cm, is sixteen-sided, and the next again, about 65 cm, is cylindrical. The next 23 cm is square again (the sides are 45 cm long here), and finally cylindrical again for 12 cm.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Kahāum
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Kahāum
    Date
    1807-16
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on the three northern faces of the octagonal section of the pillar; the bottom of the inscribed area is about 230 cm from the ground.

A single plate, apparently without a rim. A circular seal is attached to the left side, and a smaller secondary seal is attached to the left of the primary seal (or below the primary seal, as viewed in the orientation of the plate).

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar, sacrificial
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka

A single plate without rim.  A circular seal 7 cm in diameter is soldered to the left-hand side. The seal has an effigy of a two-armed deity with a large wheel in the background. The seal legend is damaged. Both the emblem and the legend are in relief on a countersunk surface surrounded by a rim.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar, sacrificial
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A monolithic column. The bottom section is 1 metre square and 135 cm high. Fleet thinks this was its original base, buried in earth, since it has no sockets to indicate that it was attached to any other masonry elements.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar, broken
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Daśapura
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Sondaṇī
    Date
    1884
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription (9 lines) occupies five faces of the 16-sided section of the column, with the bottom of the inscription 66 cm above the top of the base.

A monolithic column. The bottom section (base?) is 1 metre square and 120 cm high. Unlike %O-0086, there is a circular section above the base, about 30 cm high. The next section is 16 sided, with each of the 16 faces about 20 cm wide at the base.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar, broken
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Daśapura
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Sondaṇī
    Date
    1884
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. 9 lines of inscription across five faces of the 16-sided section of the pillar. The first part, approximately three quarters, of each line is lost. The surviving portion is, however, in some respects better preserved than %I-0094. Dimensions are for the extant portion.

  2. A single line on the lion capital (exact location not reported) of the secondary pillar of Yaśodharman. Size not reported.

According to #Fleet_1888:273, this is inscription is on the upper part of the face of the pedestal of an image of the standing Buddha, draped and with a nimbus behind his head and shoulders. Dimensions are not reported for the image.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Provincial Museum, Lucknow

An iron pillar, described in the inscription as a dhvaja of Viṣṇu.

Materialsmetal, iron
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    unknown
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Date
    1834
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. The bottom line is about 220 cm above the stone platform in its present location.

A single plate, probably rimless. A seal (dimensions or description not reported, no facsimile available) is attached to the left-hand side. The seal is badly corroded but seems to have borne an inscription.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar, sacrificial
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

A square pillar in front of the sanctum on the left side. No further details are reported. A band of scrollwork with alternating circles and squares is engraved above the inscription, and there is a horizontal line between the decoration and the text. The inscription may well be later than and independent of this decoration.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

A square pillar at the temple entrance. No further details are reported.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

The pillar carries later carvings and a later inscription connected to its use as a satī pillar. No other details are available except that it does not bear an image of the goddess Ṣaṣṭhī.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Supiā
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Supiā
    Date
    1943-44
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

The base of the pillar is rectangular to a height of 72 cm, with four niches containing images which may be avatāras of Viṣṇu (see in #Banerji_Adris_1945:6 for descriptions). The next section, 14 cm high, is octagonal, and the next, 12 cm high, is sixteen-sided. The next 14 cm is circular and seems to be a pūrṇaghaṭa, described as a "base with foliage" in #Banerji_Adris_1945:5.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formpillar
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Vārāṇasī
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Vārāṇasī
    Date
    1940-41
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Bharat Kala Bhavan, BHU, Varanasi
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. The inscription is on one side of the square base of the pillar.