Inscriptions From the Tamil Country
volume of South-Indian Inscriptions consists of four parts of
which the first, containing the texts, translations and short
introductions of 63 inscriptions secured from Ukkal, Melpadi, Karuvur,
Manimangalam and Tiruvallam, was issued by Dr. Hultzsch in 1899.
The second part published by the same scholar in 1903 dealt with
25 mediaeval Chola inscriptions and contained a full account of the
political history of the period covered by the reigns of the four Chola
kings Virarajendra I, Kulottunga I, Vikrama-Chola and Kulottunga III.
In 1920, Rao Bahadur H. Krishna Sastri brought out the third part
of the volume with texts and translations of 117 important Chola
inscriptions belonging to the reigns of almost all the members of the
Vijayalaya line from Aditya I to Rajendra-Chola I excepting Rajaraja I,
having in view the object of writing a complete account of the Cholas in
the concluding part. The
special feature of this part is that it includes in it a critical
edition of the Tiruvalangadu plates discovered in 1906 and briefly
reviewed by Mr. Venkayya in his Annaul Report of Epigraphy for
that year. The plates
furnish not only a complete genealogy of the Cholas but also give more
detailed information about individual kings than are narrated in the
Leyden plates, the only authority till then for Chola history.
As an account of the time of Rajaraja I had been given by Mr.
Venkayya in his introduction to Volume II and as the part played by the
mediaeval Cholas had been sketched by Dr. Hultzsch in Part II of this
volume, it remained only to notice the history of the early members of
the Vijayalaya line including the reign of Rajendra-Chola I.
This account is now given as an introduction to the volume and is
appended to Part IV which contains two Pandya grants from Sinnamanur and
some minor Chola copper-plates. It
is a matter for regret that Rao Bahadur Krishna Sastri, who undertook
the edit the part was not spared to see the final issue of it.
The Chola history narrated in the introduction and the edition of
the two Pandya grants from Sinnamanur will be remembered as his last
epigraphical contribution. He left to me the verification of the index of the first
three parts, the incorporation in it of the references to Part IV and
introduction, the drawing up of the addenda and corrigenda, the editing
of the minor Chola copper-plates and the revision of the proofs.
be consistent with the earlier parts in the system of transliteration,
the old diacritical marks have been employed in Part IV and
K.V. Subrahmanya Ayyar.