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South Indian Inscriptions


 

BOMBAY-KARNATAKA INSCRIPTIONS

VOLUME XI - Part I

THE PALLAVAS OF KANCHI


No. 1

(B.K. No. 100 of 1928-29)

Badami, Badami Taluk, Bijapur District

On A Rock Behind The Temple Of Mallikarjunadeva

This inscription in Pallva-Grantha characters is much obliterated.  Of the king’s name, only the epithet or surname ‘Mahamalla’ is preserved, and the record has to be assigned to king Narasimhavarman I of the Pallava dynasty of Kanchi.  It is dated in the 13th year of the king’s reign.  From the characters it may be ascribed to about the 7th century A.D.  Badami is herein mentioned under the ancient name of Vatapi.’ According to Dr. Fleet, the present inscription will have to be assigned to the end of the reign of Pulakesin II.

(Published in Ind. Ant., Vol. IX, p 99.  The revised text of the inscription is given below with a plate).

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