district, Orissa. 6th century AD.
found suspended by a ring on an iron bar across the mouth of a large pot, discovered in
digging the foundations of a wall at Chicacole, in the Ganjam district, and
presented to the Museum by Mr. W. F. Grahame, I.C.S., who purchased them. The ends of the
ring, on which plates are strung, are soldered to the bottom of a seal bearing in relief the
The inscription is in Sanskrit, the script
employed being pre- Chalukyan.
The Eastern Ganga king Nandaprabhanjanavarman
gave the village of Deyavata, having constructed an agrahara, to a Brahman
named Harischandrasvami. The command was issued from the city of Sarapalli.
No date is given in
the plates. From paleographical evidence they are very ancient and probably pre-Chalukyan.
Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. 6th century AD.
Three copper-plates purchased from M.R.Ry. Adembhatta, a purohit
of Penukonda, Anantapur district. They are strung on a ring, the ends of
which are secured by a seal bearing in relief on the countersunk surface a standing elephant
facing proper left.
The inscription is in Sanskrit,
the script employed being old Telugu- Kannada.
The Western Ganga
King Madhava Mahadhiraja II, alias Simhavarman, gave sixty-five paddy
fields, sowable with twenty five khandukas of paddy, below the big tank of Paruvi
in Paruvi Vishaya, to a Brahman named Kumarasarma of the vatsa
gotra. Paruvi is identified with the village of Parigi in Anantapur
The grant was made on
the full-moon day in the month of Chaitra (lunar). No further deailts regarding the
date are given. This Madhava Mahadhiraja is stated to have been installed on the
throne, by the Pallava King Skandavarma Maharaja and Aryavarman,
father of Madhava, was installed on the throne, by Simhavarma Maharaja, lord
of the Pallava family. These plates are very important as there is mention of two
contemporaneous Pallava Kings. Skandavarman appears to have been the son of Simhavarman
and is supposed to have ruled during latter part of the 5th Century AD. The plates must
therefore have been issued at the beginning of the 6th Century AD.
Maidavolu, Narasaraopet taluk, Guntur district, Andhra
Pradesh. 4th century AD.
found in 1899 during the digging of a field, in an abandoned village north of Maidavolu,
a village in Narasaraopet taluk, Guntur district and presented to the Museum
by Maidavolu Jayaramayya, the owner. The plates are strung on a ring by the ends of
which is secured an elliptical seal, which bears in relief a couchant bull facing proper
right, with the legend 'Sivaskandavarmanah' partially worn.
The language of the inscription is Prakrit, the
script employed being old Pallava.
These plates record that the Pallava king Sivaskandavarman,
while he was Yuva-Maharaja granted a village named Viripara situated in Andharapatha
(i.e) the Telugu country, to two Brahmans.
Viripara must have been situated near Amaravati,
as Sivaskandavarman addressed his order to his father's representative at Dhannakada,
the modern Amaravati. The grant was issued from Kanchipura, the capital of
the Pallava kings. It is thus indicated that during the time of Sivaskandavarman,
the Pallava kingdom was composed of Tondaimandalam and the Telugu
country as far north as the Krishna river.
The grant was
made on the fifth tithi of the sixth fortnight of summer, in the tenth year
of the reign perhaps of Sivaskandavarman's predecessor. The date of Sivaskandavarman
may be fixed at about the beginning of the 4th Century AD.
Locality unknown. 7th century AD.
There are seven
copper-plates preserved in the Museum for a long time without any history. They are strung on
a ring without a seal.
contains two passages in Sanskrit, one at the beginning and another at the end, the
script employed being Grantha. The rest is in Tamil, the script employed
being Vatteluttu of Chera-Pandya alphabet.
The plates record that
the Pandyan king. Maravarman, renowned in the world by the name of Jatilavarman
(Nedunjadaiyan), gave the village of Velangudi, in Ten-Kalavali-nadu,
having changed its name into Srivaramangalam, to a Brahman named Sujjata-Bhatta,
son of Sihu - Misra.
This Maravarman is stated to have conquered the Cholas,
the Pallavas and the Keralas. He is said to have conquered and killed the
king of Ven constructed the walls of the city of Karavandapuram.
The grant was made during the seventeenth year of the reign of
Nedunjadaiyan, another name of Maravarman.