volume continues the series of South Indian Inscriptions known till now
as the Bombay-Karnatak Inscriptions.
It contains 462 inscriptions in all collected by the Epigraphical
Branch during the years 1932-33, 1933-34 and 1934-35, from the districts
of Bijapur and Dharwar of the former Bombay State.
These epigraphs almost all of which are in Kannada, deal with
various ruling and feudatory dynasties that held sway over Karnataka
from the 7th century onwards.
When I was appointed Special Officer (Epigraphy) by the
Government of India in May 1956, Shri A. Ghost the Director General of
Archaeology in India, was pleased do depute Dr. B. Ch. Chhabra, Deputy Director
General, to assign me work.
Dr. Chhabra entrusted to me the editing of the inscriptions
contained in this volume and he was so kind as to allow me many
facilities for which I am very grateful to him.
Dr. D.C Sircar who was the Government Epigraphist for India then
was kind enough to give me the necessary clerical and other assistance.
Here I must make special mention of the untiring technical
assistance rendered by my hard working and conscientious assistant Shri.
S. H. Ritti, M.A. The
results of fourteen months of hard work are embodied in this volume and
it is hoped that this will prove helpful to scholars of Indology,
Kannada Language and Literature and Karnataka History.
N. Lakshminarayan Rao