inscriptions stored in the office of the Superintendent for
Epigraphy from its inception in 1887 up to 1903 have been
published in the order of their collection in the South Indian
(Texts), Volumes IV to VIII.
Since the wealth of materials contained in these volumes is
practically inaccessible to scholars not conversant with South
Indian languages, a new scheme has been adopted for publishing the
records collected subsequent to 1903 according to dynasties and in
a chronological order with prefatory notes in English for each
inscription drawing attention to its salient contents.
to this scheme, Volume IX dealing with Kannada inscriptions from
the Madras Presidency and Volume XI with those in the Bombay-Karnatak
has so far been published.
These represent the early Kanarese dynasties of the South
like the Banas, the Vaidumbas, the Nolamba-Pallavas, the Western
Chalukyas, etc. The Telugu inscriptions of the Madras Presidency
are under publication in Volume X of the series.
The present volume (Volume XII) relating to the Pallavas is
the first Tamil publication to be issued under the new
It contains all the Pallava inscriptions collected by the
Department from 1904 to 1935 and provides a wide ad definite scope
for studying the history of this dynasty from original sources.
Four appendices and an exhaustive index have been added at
the end to facilitate reference.
It is hoped that this volume, besides commending itself to
the student of South Indian History and Epigraphy, will reach a
wider circle of scholars and stimulate their interest in
unraveling the rich and ancient heritage of the people of South
India in Arts, Letters and Political and Social administration.
the 27th July 1943.
Government Epigraphist for India.