XIX - INSCRIPTIONS OF PARAKESARIVARMAN
earlier volumes of the South Indian Inscriptions Series, which contain the
texts of a large number of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada inscriptions
have been long out of print and many academic institutions of recent
origin keenly feel the absence of these very important volumes and make
them available to the world of scholars.
Volume XIX is the 16th of this Reprint Series and will
be followed in quick succession by the subsequent ones.
acknowledge my thanks to Shri J.C. Gupta, Production Officer,
Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi for the planning and speedy
execution of the printing of this volume.
present volume (Vol. XIX) of the South Indian Inscriptions (Series)
follows the same plan as adopted in some of the previous volumes of the
series such as Vols. XII-XIV. It contains the Tamil inscriptions of the Chola kings
entitled Parakesarivarman, which were copied by the Department between
1904 and 1935, just as Volume XIII of the series contains inscriptions
of the Chola kings called Rajakesarivarman.
inscriptions have been arranged in the order of the regnal years quoted,
irrespective of the identity of the kings to whom the dates have to be
referred. The undated
epigraphs as well as those with the date portions damaged or illegible
have been relegated to the end. In
the introductory remarks, prefixed to the text of each record, as well
as in the general introduction, the editor has made an attempt to assign
such epigraphs to particular kings of the Chola dynasty.
is hoped that the volume will be useful to the students of South Indian
history and epigraphy as well as of the Tamil language.