I - Part I & II
May 1925, the late Rao Bahadur H. Krishna Sastri, the then Government
Epigraphist for India, started a systematic epigraphical survey of the
Kanarese districts in the Bombay Presidency with the object of securing
the estampages of all the lithic records in the Presidency, and of
publishing them in a separate volume under the editorship of a competent
scholar when sufficient material was forthcoming.
Since then the survey was conducted by three officers of the
Department working in the office of the Government Epigraphist for
India, Ootacamund, namely myself, Messers.
R.S. Panchamukhi and N. Lakshminarayana Rao.
In the year 1925-26, the work was begun in the Dharwar taluk of
the Bombay-Karnatak by Messers. N.
Lakshminarayana Rao and R.S. Panchamukhi, and in the next year the same
officers continued the survey in the Gadag and Ron taluks, respectively.
Subsquently regular annual epigraphical survey of the area was
conducted by all or some of us three.
The total number of records secured during these six years rose
up to 981, and to avoid accumulation in the office it was thought
advisable to publish them in a separate volume.
In April 1931, the Director-General of Archaeology communicated
to the Government Epigraphist for India, his sanction for issuing, in a
separate volume, the texts of all the Bombay-Karnatak inscriptions
collected and examined till then, conjointly by the three authors under
my general editorship in the South Indian Inscriptions (Texts)
series, in a chronological and dynastic order with brief introductory
notes in English given at the head of the text of each record, touching
upon the important points given therein.
Accordingly this plan has been adopted in the present volume.
On my transfer to madras in 1931, the work of collecting and
publishing the Bombay-karnatak inscriptions was to be carried out by the
office of the Superintendent for Epigraphy, Madras.
Owing to unavoidable delay experienced in the receipt of proofs
from the Government Press, Madras, it was thought advisable to publish
the volume in parts, and accordingly Part I is issued now containing the
Texts of 118 inscriptions.
may by added that the texts now published are the result of very careful
study, made in case of early and damaged records, by a thorough
examination of the original in situ.
This was mostly accomplished by myself and Mr. R.S. Panchamukhi
during our tours in the Bombay-Karnatak undertaken mainly for the
exhaustive word index prepared by Mr. H.K. Narasimhaswami has also been
added to facilitate ready reference.
the 16th May 1939.