The South Asia Inscriptions Database
Records: 43

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.

The height given is the section outside the platform. The first 112 cm of the pillar above the platform is square; the rest of its length is octagonal, tapering to a point. The top is broken and has a metal spike projecting from it, indicating that it had a capital.

Materialsstone, red sandstone
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

A stone slab or block, thickness not reported. The piece has been re-cut; the extant part appears to be the top left corner of a larger inscribed block.

Materialsstone, unspecified
Formbuilding block
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

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 single copper plate, weighing 152 grams and slightly thicker than EA-IN-002 and 24. The rims are not thickened. A seal may have been attached to the plate, but is now lost.

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formplate
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Dāmodarpur
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Dāmodarpur
    Date
    1915
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1983
Inscriptions
  1. Inscribed on both sides; most of the letters are well preserved.

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 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.

Dimensions from #Fleet_1888:72, who says the larger figure is the breadth, which must be an error. Thickness not reported.

Materialsstone
Formstela
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Gaṇgdhār
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    Gaṇgdhār
    Date
    1883
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. Dimensions from #Fleet_1888:72, who says the larger figure is the breadth, which must be an error. 41 lines.

A slab of stone. No details reported.

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

The cave is on the southern side of Nāgārjunī Hill, the easternmost member of the group that includes Barābar Hill. Its façade bears a Mauryan inscription (which names the cave Gopikā kubhā) above the doorway, and Anantavarman's inscription (%IN00153) on the left-hand side of the entrance (probably inside the doorway, but this is not clear from Fleet's description).

Materialsmetal, copper alloy
Formring of plate set
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

A granite boulder about 1.6 km east of Junāgaḍh, at the opening of a gorge that leads to a valley around the Girnār mountain. The inscription is on the southern face according to #Prinsep_1838b:337, and on the northwestern face according to #Fleet_1888:57.

Materialsstone, granite
Formboulder
Event History
  • Event Type
    Created
    Place
    Junāgaḍh
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ
Inscriptions
  1. These dimensions are for the entire inscription of two parts, here treated as two inscriptions.

  2. The dimensions are for the entire inscription of two parts, here treated as two inscriptions.

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.

This is "a rugged boulder, parts of which have broken away" (#Sircar_1953-54a:84). No further details are reported. It is on Kauleśvarī Hill (24.374768, 84.864330, recorded on Google Maps as Kolua Pahar, probably a typo for Koula), about 8.5 km from Hunterganj in present-day Jharkhand. The exact location of the inscribed boulder is not reported. 

Materialsstone, local
Formboulder
Event History
  • Event Type
    Recorded
    Place
    in situ
    Date
    1953

A semi-detached block of rock which bears three inscriptions, %IN00111 in a central position, with %IN00112 above it and %IN00113 below and to the left of it.

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

The cave is on the southern side of Barābar Hill. Its façade is sculpted to resemble the front of a wooden candraśālā hut. For further details of the monument see #ASIR_01:46-47. Anantavarman's inscription (%IN00152) is on the recessed part of the façade, on a smooth vertical wall just above the doorway.

Materialsstone, sandstone
Formslab
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ

The inscription is probably on a natural boulder or rock face. It was located by Beglar (as reported by Fleet), and is on the right-hand side of the base of a flight of steps leading from the Pāpaharaṇī tank (24.832346, 87.035822) at the bottom of the hill to the hilltop tank. Hamilton says this inscription is higher up than the one on %OB00196.

Materialsstone, local
Formboulder
Event History
  • Event Type
    Stored
    Place
    in situ