The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 113

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

A fragment of an octagonal pillar. No further details reported.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Madras Government Museum
    Date
    1920

A fragment of an oval rail bar. No further details reported.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formrail, fragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Madras Government Museum
    Date
    1920

A flat slab; thickness not reported. The inscription covers almost the entire front, except for a slightly raised rim 2-2.5 cm wide on all sides. The bottom left corner is broken off and lost.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    British Museum

An oval seal; the above dimensions assume (as Fleet did) that the lithograph in #Wilson_1836 is a 1:1 copy. The upper part, about one third, shows a bull decorated with a garland and walking to the proper right; there is an umbrella above it. In front of the bull walks a man carrying an axe and a standard with a cakra on top; his face is turned back toward the bull.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formnatural rock
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    lost

This fragment had been converted into a satī stone. The remaining inscription is "on one side". No further details are reported.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formarchitectural block
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    unknown

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
Formfragment
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Kotah

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

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

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.

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

No description available. From the facsimile it appears that the sides of the oblong slab are irregularly broken.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Daśapura
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Bihār Kotrā
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Mumbai
    Date
    1980
Inscriptions
  1. Writing probably covers the entire surface of the stone.

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.