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South Indian Inscriptions


 

SOUTH INDIAN INSCRIPTIONS

VOLUME XVI

TELUGU INSCRIPTIONS OF THE VIJAYANAGARA DYNASTY

No. 276.

(A. R. No. 595 of 1925.)

Velpuru, Sattenapalle Taluk, Guntur District.

On a stone set up near the Visvanathasvamin temple. Sadasiva

This is dated Saka 14 . . . . . . Sravana su. 13.

It records the remission of taxes on barbers in Kondaviti-sima by Ramappayya who was administering the district.

No. 277.

(A. R. No. 317 of 1926.)

Mushturu, Dharmavaram Taluk, Anantapur District.

On a rock in front of the Katamayya temple on the hill side in the village.

Sadasiva, (date lost).

The name of the king alone can be made out.

No. 278.

(A. R. No. 699 of 1917.)

Kovelakuntla, Koilkuntla Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up in the courtyard of the Rangasvamin temple.

Tirumala, 1571 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1493, Prajotpatti, Kartika su. 12, corresponding to 1571 A.D., October 29, (Monday).

It registers the grant of the village China-Koperla in Kogilakuntla in Renadu, to the god Pandaranga-Vithalesvara at Kogilakuntla by Mahamandalesvara Nandyala Narasingarajudeva Maharaju, son of Timmayadeva Maharaju and grandson of Narasingarajadeva-Maharaju of Atreya-gotra, Apastamba-sutra and Yajus-sakha and born in the lunar race.  The donor is said to have obtained Kogilakuntla as nayankara from the king who was ruling from Penugonda.

No. 279.

(A. R. No. 698 of 1917.)

Kovelakuntla, Koilkuntla Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up in the courtyard of the Rangasvamin temple.

Tirumala, 1573 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1495, Srimukha, Kartika su. 10 corresponding to 1573 A.D., November 4, (Wednesday).

The lower part of the record is badly worn out.  It records a grant made by Mahamandalesvara Narasingarajudeva-Maharaju, son of Timmayadeva Maharaju and grandson of Nandyala Narasingarajudeva-Maharaju to god Pandaranga Vithalesvara at Kogilakuntla in Kogilakuntla-sima which was held by the donor as  nayankara from Srirangadeva Maharaya.

No. 280.

(A. R. No. 43 of 1915.)

Srisailam, Nandikotkur Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up near a tank west of the Mallikarjuna temple.

Tirumala (?), 1574 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1496, Bhava, Vaisakha ba.30, Thursday, corresponding to 1574 A.D., May 20.

It states that Dantikanti Lingappanna, the karyakarta of Ramarajayyadeva Maharaju, who was the son of Tirumaladeva Maharaja, having repaired the bund across the Bhogavati to the west of the prakara of the Mallikarjuna temple, at the command of his preceptor Virasaiva-Santabhikshavritti-ayya for the merit of his teachers and parents, had the goddess Bhogavti consecrated on the tank bund by Savaram Basvappa, the mudra officer of the king and Gangineni Gangappa, his own mudra officer, and endowed a garden near the tank for the daily supply of flowers to god Mallikarjuna.

No. 281.

(A. R. No. 806 of 1922.)

Valluru, Bapatla Taluk, Guntur District.

On a pillar in the mandapa before the Venugopalasvamin temple.

Sriranga I, 1572 A.D.

The inscription is dated Saka 14[9]5 (current), Angirasa, Ashadha su. 11 corresponding to 1572 A.D., June 22, Sunday.

It states that on the representation of Bhagavatula Rangama of Atreya-gotra that the deed of grant for 2 puttis of land given to him by the king on the date mentioned above having been stolen by thieves, the king was pleased to grant the deed again three months later on Asvija su. 10, Thursday.  The grant land situated in Valluru was re-measured in the presence of the village officers and a new inscription recording the re-grant of the land set up by Adapa Nagappa-nayaka, the karyakarta of the king.

No. 282.

(A. R. No. 185 of 1922.)

Sriperumbudur, Sriperumbudur Taluk, Chingleput District.

On a slab near the gopura of the Vishu temple.

Sriranga I, 1572 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1494, Angirasa, Ashadha ba. 30, solar eclipse, corresponding to 1572 A.D., July 9, Wednesday, ’99.

It records gift of the income derived from certain taxes such as kavali, kandayam,  etc., collected from some villages in the Medkudi-thana in Changatikota-sima in Jayamgonda-mandalam of Chandragiri-rajya, for worship and offerings to god Adikesavaperumal who had been worshipped by the Sribhashyakaras at Sriperumbudur, by Venkatayyadeva-maharaju, son of Vira Tirumalayyadeva-maharaju and grandson of Mahamandalesvara Araviti Ramaraju Srirangarajayyadeva-maharaju.  Chengata-sima is said to have been obtained as amara-nayankara from the king by the donor.

No. 283.

(A. R. No. 823 of 1917.)

Vadigepalli, Hindupur Taluk, Anantapur District.

On a boulder near the Anjaneyasvamin temple.

Sriranga I, 1573 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1494, Srimukha, Ashadha su. 11.  The Saka year quoted seems to be wrong for 1495.  Ashadha was an intercalary month in Srimukha and the details probably correspond to 1573 A.D., July 10, (Friday) if the month quoted is taken as Nija-Ashadha.

It registers the grant of the village Vadigepalya as sarvamanya to Tirumala Komara Tatachraya of Penugond by the king for the merit of his mother Venggalaji-amma.

No. 284.

(A. R. No. 366 of 1920.)

Chitrachedu, Gooty Taluk, Anantapur District.

On a slab lying near the Isvara temple.

Sriranga I, 1573 A.D.

This is dated in the cyclic year Srimukha, Ashada ba. 3.  The cyclic year Srimukha falling in the reign of Sri Ranga I corresponds to Saka 1495.  Ashadha was an intercalary month in Srimukha and the details would correspond to 1573 A.D., July 17, (Friday)  if the month quoted is taken as Nija-Ashadha.

It records that the manya lands of the temples and brahmanas of  Chitrachedu-Malakatala which had fallen into desuetude were re-granted as sarvamanya by Rangajetti for the merit of his father Nimmajetti.

No. 285.

(A. R. No. 542 of 1909.)

Aminabad, Sattenpalli Taluk, Guntur District.

On the wall, right of the entrance into the central shrine

of the Durgi temple on the top of the hillock. Sriranga I, 1574 A.D.

The record is dated  in Saka 1496, Bhava, Jyeshtha su. 15, Lunar eclipse corresponding to 1574 A.D., June 4, Friday.

It records the gift of half of the village Mullanguru in Kondvidu-sima for worship and offerings to the goddess Durgaparamsvari of the village by Bokkasam Nagappanayaka, son of Krishnappa-nayaka and grandson of Kondama-nayaka of chaturthagotra, exclusive of the devamanya lands already granted to the temples and stipulating that the revenue and produce on half the village granted to the goddess should go to the temple and the rest of the palace.

No. 286.

(A. R. No. 162 of 1917.)

Sekuru, Guntur Taluk, Guntur District.

On a pillar lying near the venugopalasvamin temple.

Sadasiva I, 1575 A.D.

This is dated Saka 14[9]6, Bhava, Magha su. 11, Thursday corresponding to 1575 A.D., January 22, Saturday, not Thursday.

It registers the grant of a piece of land in the village Sekuru in Kondaviti-sima, held by Mahamandalesvara Ramaraju Jagarajayya, by Kottapalli Venkataya of Bharadvaja-gotra, Apastamba-sutra and Yajus-sakha for worship and services on the Suvarnotsava-paurnami festivals to the god Tiruvenkatesvara at sangamasthana.  The gift land is said to have formed a portion of his own lands in sekuru which the donor obtained from Mahamandalesvara Jagarajayya.

No. 287.

(A. R. No. 823 of 1922.)

Kommuru, Bapatla Taluk, Guntur District.

On three slabs built into the floor of the big mandapa

in front o the Agastyesvara temple. Sriranga I, 1575 A.D.

This is dated Yuva, Kartika ba. 30, Thursday.  The details correspond to 1575 A.D., November 2, which was a Wednesday.

The record is much damaged and seems to refer to a money income of 12 varahas  to god Agastyesvara of Kommuru for maintaining the daily offerings.

No. 288.

(A. R. No. 89 of 1917.)

Kondepadu, Guntur Taluk, Guntur District.

On a stone lying near the tank at the village.

Sriranga I, 1576 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1498, Dhata, Asvija su. 15, Monday, lunar eclipse, corresponding to 1576 A.D., October 7, The week day was, however, Sunday.

It registers the grant of a piece of land in the village Kondepadu in his nayankara territory of Kondaviti-sima to the god Gopinatha of the village and another piece of land as Chalivendra-manya for constructing some wells, supplying water to the water-shed (Chalipandali) and raising 100 trees, to Tammala Virayya by Vemula Raghavayya, of the fourth caste, son of Madhavayya and grandson of Timmana.

No. 289.

(A. R. No. 113 of 1917.)

Nidumukkala, Guntur Taluk, Guntur District.

On a stone lying in a street.

Sriranga I, 1577 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1499, Isvara, Chaitra su. 15, Tuesday, Lunary eclipse corresponding to 1577 A.D., April 2.

It registers the grant of a piece of land in the village Nidumukkula in Kondavidu to the god Gopinatha of the same village  by Bontapalle Kondama-nayaka, son of Sriranga-nayaka.

No. 290.

(A. R. No. 446 of 1915.)

Kondavidu, Narasarowpet Taluk, Guntur District.

On a monolithic lamp-column set up in front of the Gopinathasvamin temple.

Sriranga I, 1577 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1499, Isvara, Kartika su. 11, corresponding to 1577 A.D., October 22, (Tuesday).

It registers the grant of the village Gorijavolu otherwise called Srirangarayapuram in Kondaviti-rajya as a sarvamnya-agrahara  by the king to Jatikarta Virupaksha son of Markonda.

No. 291.

(A. R. No. 411 of 1926.)

Miduturu, Nandikotkur Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up to the right of the main entrance into the Chennakesavasvamin temple.

Sriranga I, 1581 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1503, Vrisha, Ashadha su. 12, corresponding to 1581 A.D., June 13, (Tuesday).

It registers the grant of certain lands in Nagulavaram situated to the east of Damagatla-agraharam and to the north-west of Miruturu, which were among the Yenuguveta villages in his amara-nayankara, by Mahamandalesvara Rangaparajayyadeva Maharaju, son of Venkatadrirajayya and grandson of Ramaraju Srirangaraju fo the lunar race to god Channaraya of Miruturu.  The donor is said to be the younger brother, perhaps the cousin of the king.

No. 292.

(A. R. No. 429 of 1923.)

Bollavaram, Nandikotkur Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up near the well called Lingam-bavi.

Sriranga I, 1581 A.D.

The details of the date viz., Saka 1503, Vrisha, Ashadha su. 12, correspond to 1581 A.D., June 13.

It registers a gift of the village Bollavaram to the east of Damagatla-agraharam in the Yenugaveta villages obtained as amara-nayankara from the king by the donor Ranggaparajayyadeva-maharaju, son of Venkatadrirajayya and grandson of Mahamandalesvara Ramaraju Srirangaraju of Atreya-gotra and Soma-vamsa to god Channaraya of Midutur.  See No. 293 above.

No. 293.

(A. R. No. 178 of 1913.)

Bukkapatnam, Penukonda Taluk, Anantapur District.

On the rock below the dhvajastambha in the Chaudesvar temple in the village.

Sriranga I, 1581 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1503, Vrisha, Bhadrapada ba. 12, Sunday regularly corresponding to 1518 A.D, September 24.

No. 294.

(A. R. No. 266 of 1916.)

Srimushnam, Chidambaram Taluk, South Arcot District.

On the north wall of the first prakara in the Bhuvaraha-perumal temple.

Sriranga I, 1584 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1505, Svbhanu, Magha su. 3, corresponding to 1584 A.D., January 6, (Monday).

It records that Kondama-nayaka, son of Krishnappa-nayaka of Kasyapa-gotra remitted the Jodi and birada taxes on the 38 villages (specified) situated in his nayankara of Bhonagiripatnam-sima and endowed to the temple of Adivaraha-Perumal at Sri-mushnam on the representation of Achyutappa-nayaka, son of Bayyappa-nayaka, who is stated to have built gopuras, prakaras and mandapas for the god and tanks and canals in the (endowed) villages thus increasing the temple’s revenue with which he is said to have provided ornaments to the god, for which act he was granted a fourth share hereditarily in the offerings made to the deity.

No. 295.

(A. R. No. 270 of 1916.)

Srimushnam Chidambaram Taluk, South Arcot District.

On the west wall of the first prakara of the Bhuvaraha-perumal temple.

Sriranga I, 1584 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1505, Svabhanu, Magha su. 7, corresponding to 1584 A.D., January 9, (Thursday).

The record states that the Sribhandaramvaru of the Adivarahasvamin temple gave to Achyutappa-nayaka, son of Bayyappa-nayaka and grandson of Timmi-nayaka of Udayagiri, a fourth share in the offerings made to the god, a share in the administration of the temple affairs, the talarikam over the temple villages as also the tirumenikaval  duties as kanachi (kaniyatchi) to be held  hereditarily in response to his having made a representation to Kondama-nayaka, son of Krishnappa-nayaka and obtained remission of the juodi virada and other taxes on 38 villages (enumerated) inclusive of those in his (Kondama-nayaka’s) nayankara  territory that he had endowed to the temple, and for his having at his own cost cleared (the villages of) the jungle and brought the lands under cultivation, built tanks, dug canals, planted groves, provided golden ornaments set with precious stones to the god, made some images of silver and gold, some vessels, golden vahanas and other accoutrements and built the various gopuras, mandapas and prakaras in addition to renovating the temple and finally made over his own share of the sthala-sunkam for the seasonal processions and other provisions in the temple.  Also gives an elaborate list of 24 kinds of dishes to be offered to the god in the names of the king, the three Nayakas viz., Kondama, Achyutappa and Krishnappa, and Konetamma and Vobulamma.  Cf. No. 294 above.

No. 296.

(A. R. No. 70 of 1915.)

Chinna Ahobalam, Sirvel Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up to the right of the entrance into the

Kanchugumbha-gopuram in the Narasimhasvamin temple.

Sriranga I, 1584 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1506, Tarana, Vaisakha su. 14 corresponding to 1584 A.D., April 13, (Monday).

The record states that on a former occasion in the year Bahudhanya (A.D. 1579), Ibhuramu (Ibrahim) with the Hande chiefs captured Ahobilam and held it for 5 or 6 years.  On the representation of vam Sathagopa Jiyya, Kondraju Venkataraju who took an active part in recapturing the place and restoring it to its past glory was granted temple honours such as pariyavattam, tirtham, sathagopam, etc., by Vakulabharana Jiyyar, the Karyakarta of Vamsathagopa Jiyya, Rachappa, the Karyakarta of the king and the Sthanikas of the temple.

No. 297.

(A.R. No. 697 of 1917.)

Kovelakuntal, Koilkuntla Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up in the courtyard of the Rangasvamin temple.

Sriranga I, 1584 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1506, Tarana, Kartika su. 15, lunar eclipse corresponding to 1584 A.D., November 7, (Saturday).

It registers a grant of the income from the temple lands in Chintalakunta, Vitthalapuram, China-Kogilakuntla and other villages to god Pandarangi Vitthalesvara of Kogilakuntla for various services and for a feeding house (Ramanuja-kutam) by Mahamandalesvara Nandela Venkatadriraju, grandson of Narasingaraju and son of Krishnamaraju of Atreya-gotra, Apastamba-sutra and Yajus-sakha.

No. 298.

(A.R. No. 259 of 1916.)

Srimushnam Chidambaram Taluk, South Arcot District.

On the south wall of the first prakara of the Bhuvaraha-perumal temple.

Venkatapati, 1581 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1603, obviously a mistake for 1503, Vrisha, Vaisakha su. 15, corresponding to 1581 A.D., April 18 (Tuesday).  The king is stated to have been ruling at Ghanagiri, i.e. Penugonda.

It registers the gift of lands in the villages of Arasuru and Kavanuru for maintaining a feeding house (alankara-satra) at the nityapushkarani in the Adivarahasvami temple at Srimushnam by Rayasam Amnaya of Vishnuvardhana-gotra, Asvalayana-sutra and Rik-sakha.  The village of Arasuru is said to have been given as an agrahara to the donor by Venkatappa-nayaka.

No. 299.

(A. R. No. 71 of 1915.)

China Ahobalam, Sirvel Taluk, Kurnool District.

On a slab set up to the right of the entrance into the

kanchugumbha-gopuram in the Narasimhasvamin temple.

Venkatapati,  1586 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1507, Parthiva, Phalguna su. 1, corresponding to 1586 A.D., February 9 (Wednesday).

It registers a poliyuttu gift of eighty varahas being the income derived from ten tiruvilaiyattam villages of the temple by Mahamandalesvara Venkatraju-Devachodamaharaju, son of Timmanna and grandson of Kondraju Timmaraju of the Kasyapa-gotra, Apastamba-sutra, Yajus-sakha and solar race, for the maintenance of several services in the temple of Ahobala.

No. 300.

(A. R. No. 714 of 1926.)

Kokatam, Kamalapuram Taluk, Cuddapah District.

On a slab set up in front of the Chennakesavasvamin temple.

Venkatapati, 1589 A.D.

This is dated Saka 1511, Virodhin, Bhadrapada su. 5.  In Saka 1511, the month Bhadrapada was intercalary.  Taking it as Nija-Bhadrapada, the details may be equated to 1589 A.D., September 4, (Thursday).

It registers the gift of the dommari-tyagam for burning perpetual lamps to the deities Channakesava and Sakalanatha-linga at Kokatam, an agrahara on the southern bank of the Pinakini to the east of Gandikota in Gandikota-sima included in the western division of Udayagiri, by the dommaris Saluvapakshi and Misaraganda for the merit of their community.

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