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Ancient Indian dynasties documented their administration,
significant developments, grants, and milestones as inscriptions
in temples. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has documented
these inscriptions from 1886. These pages contain inscriptions from
Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Western Chalukya, Eastern Chalukya,
Rashtrakuta, Hoyasala, Vijayanagara, Vishnukundin, Kakatiya,
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