volume is the sixth in the series presenting South Indian
Inscriptions arranged dynastically in a chronological order and
comprises epigraphic records of the Pandya dynasty copied by the
Epigraphic Branch of the Department of Archaeology during the
period between 1904 and 1935.
The work was undertaken by the late Mr. A. S. Ramanatha
Ayyar who served the Department as an Epigraphical Assistant for
over 23 years from 1918 to 1941 with a brief interval from 1922
when his services were lent to the old Travancore State.
For about for years, he served with distinction as
Superintendent of the State Archaeological Department and issued
Volumes V, VI and VII of the Travancore Archaeological Series
besides the Departmental Reports published during the period in
It was hopped that this volume of South Indian Inscriptions
containing Pandya records undertaken by Mr. Ramanatha Ayyar would
be issued simultaneously with the Chola and Pallava volumes of the
Series, which were taken up by his colleagues Messrs G. V.
Srinivasa Rao and V. Venkatasubba Aiyar, respectively.
But unfortunately Mr. Ramanatha Ayyar suddenly fell ill on
his return from one of his official tours in 1941 and passed away
on the 28th April of that year.
The work of making the volume ready for the press was later
entrusted to Mr. M. Venkataramayya who, however, could not
complete it before he left the Epigraphic Branch.
It has now been finalized by Mr. K. G. Krishnan who has
also prepared a short Introduction for the volume.
267 inscriptions comprised in the volume have been divided into
The first of these contains 130 records belonging to the
Early Panyas, the second 67 epigraphs of the Chola-Pandya Viceroys
and the third 70 inscriptions of king Jatavarman Srivallabha whose
records have been selected out of the numerous epigraphs of the
medieval and later Pandya rulers.
It is hoped that this volume
of inscriptions, like its predecessors in the series, will
be of interest to scholars engaged in the study of Pandya history
not only for their value from the point of view of political
history but also for the light they throw on the social, economic,
literary and other aspects of the history of the age to which they
Government Epigraphist for India.