SOUTH INDIAN INSCRIPTIONS
INSCRIPTIONS OF THE VIJAYANAGARA DYNASTY
(A. R. No. 807 of
Bayanaguntapalli, Hamlet of
Kondapuram, Hindupur Taluk, Anantapur District. On a rock near the
Venkatapati II, 1638 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1560,
Bahudhanya, corresponding to 1683 A.D.
The record is damaged. It registers a grant of the villages
Adimsettipalle and Bayanagunta included in Mallela-sthala, which together with
Vonavolu formed the agrahara called Kamalajapuram in Penukonda-rajya, to Appaya, son of
China-Nagappa and grandson of Mallela Bhaskara Achyutayya of the Bharadvaja-gotra, Asvalayana-sutra
and Rik-sakha, by Mahanayankacharya Narasimha-nayudu, son of
Narappa-nayudu and grandson of Mallappa-nayudu of Rakallu for worship and offerings
to god Venkatesvara.
(A. R. No. 361 of
Medimakulapalle, Gooty Taluk,
On a slab near the Anjaneya
Venkatapati II, 1640 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1562,
Vikrama, Bhadrapada ba. 12, corresponding to 1640 A.D., September 2.
It records a gift of 1 tumu of dry land in
Medimakulapalle included in Jagatapiguttidurga-sima to god Hanumantaraya by
Mahamandalesvara Timarajudeva-maharaju, son of Venkatapatiraju. The donor is stated to have held
Jagatapi-gutti durgam-sima as nayankara from the king.
(A. R. No. 502 of
Taluk, Chingleput District.
On the west verandah round the
rock of Arulalaperumal temple.
Venkatapati II, 1642 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1564,
Chitrabhanu, Vaisakha ba. 30, corresponding to 1648 A.D., May 18,
It records the gift of the
village Musuli as tiruvilaiyattam by Tammappa-nayadu, son of Pavada
China-Krishnappa-nayadu and grandson of Tammi-nayadu for conducting the Rohini-mahotsavam
every month to god Varadaraja.
(A. R. No. 167 of
Taluk, North Arcot District.
On the south and west walls of
the central shrine in the Mahadevasvamin temple.
Venkatapati, (date lost).
The record is broken and a few
lines in the beginning are lost.
It registers the gift of the
village Kavamguppa in Ka[vanu]ri-sima by Mahanayankacharya Bodi Kondama-nayaka,
son of Nala Kondama-nayaka and grandson of Vira Nagi-nayaka, to god Mahadeva of the Mahadevunikonda (Mahadevamalai).
(A. R. No. 691 of
Kovelakuntla, Koilkuntla Taluk,
On a slab set up in the Ganesa
temple. Sriranga II, 1643 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1565
(current), Chitrabhanu, Magha ba. 30 corresponding to 1643 A.D.,
February 8, (Wednesday).
It states that Hande Siddha
Ramappa-nayaka, son of Immadi Demappa-nayaka and grandson of Demappa-nayaka
issued an order to the farmers of his nayankara territory of
Kovilakuntla-sima declaring that the mortgages of the manya lands of the
gods and the Brahmanas in the territory should restore back free of all charges
and together with the documents, their lands to the mortgagers after twelve
years and that those who disobeyed this order were liable to be fined.
(A. R. No. 6 of
Koduru, Nellore Taluk, Nellore
On a stone set up in a street. Sriranga III, 1645 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1567,
Parthiva, Chaitra su. . . . corresponding to 1645, A.D., March.
It registers the settlement of
the fees (meras) due from the village Koduru in Sariyepalli-sima for the
upkeep of tanks by Ravela-Venkatadri who is said to have obtained the village
as amaram from Ravela Muddukrishnappa-nayaka who held Sariyepalli-sima as nayankara
from the king.
(A. R. No. 80 of
Kodigepalle, Hindupur Taluk,
On a slab built into the wall
of the ruined mandapa near the Anjaneya temple.
Sriranga III, 1645 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1567,
Parthiva, Asvija su. 4, corresponding to 1645 A.D., September 14.
The inscription records that
Obalaraya Koneti-nayaningaru, son of Kasturi-nayanigaru repaired the shrine and
consecrated the deity in the temple of Pala-Venkatesvara in
Dinnamidi-Kodigepalle alias Palavenkatapuram in Guyyulurunadu included
in Penugonda-durga with the consent of Peda-Venkatapatiraya who seems to have
made some provisions (details lost) for offerings and worship in the temple.
(A. R. No. 18 of
gangavaram, Kalyandrug Taluk,
On a rock in a cotton field
near the Lingayat matha.
Venkatapati II, 1638 A.D.
This is dated Saka 1578,
Durmukha, Vaisakha ba. 10 corresponding to 1656 A.D., May 9, (Friday).
It records a cowl (kavulu)
granted to several individuals such as Appana-Devana, Hanumappa-nayudu, son of
Marappa-nayudu Nama-reddi Nagi-reddi of Ayidukallu and Siddaya-Kaduraya of
Pedakally by Dalvayi Bacheppa-nayaka, the agent of the king, in appreciation of
their having settled the farmers in the village Gangavaram which had become
de-populated and, as a result gone fallow. The new settlers including those who undertook to settle them were given
certain privileges in various transactions and concessions in taxes.
(A. R. No. 629 of
Amritaluru, Tenali Taluk,
On a stone set up in the
street. Sriranga IV, 1576 A.D.
The record is dated in Dhata,
Bhadra[pada] ba. 7. As the cyclic
year Dhata falls only in the reign period of Sriranga IV, the date may be
equated to 1756 A.D., September 15, (Wednesday).
It states that Nagappa-nayaka,
the karyakarta of the king, gave an agreement to the merchants, weavers
etc., of Srirangarayapeta of Amritaluru, remitting the taxes payable by them
for three years from the date of the record on account of the plunder that the
people suffered by the manyagamdlu (?).
(A. R. No. 308 of
Kilapatla, Punganur Taluk,
On the north wall of the
central shrine in the Konetirayasvamin temple.
Sriranga, (Date lost)
The record is badly
damaged. Neither the details of the
date nor those of the gift can be made out.