INSCRIPTIONS OF THE CHANDELLAS OF JEJAKABHUKTI
No. 98: PLATE XCIV
KHAJURĀHŌ STONE INSCRIPTION OF YAŚŌVARMAN
[Vikrama] Year 1011
THE stone which bears this inscription is said to have been discovered, some time after
1843, amongst the ruins at the base of a temple known as the temple of Lakshmaṇajī at Khajurāhō in the Chhatarpur District of the Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh, and is
now built into the wall inside the entrance porch of the temple. The inscription was briefly
noticed by Genera Alexander Cunningham in his Archaeological Survey of India Reports, Vol. II, (1862-1865), pp. 425 f. and again in ibid., Vol. XXI (1883-1885), pp. 65 and 84, where a
small photograph of it was also published on Plate xvii-B. The record was first edited by F.
 Metre: Śārdūlavikrīḍita. Kielhorn read the first letter in this line as (Sanskrit), but the vertical stroke that
distinguishes it from (Sanskrit) is clear. It may also be noted that the last letter in this line is totally lost and
has been adopted from Kielhorn’s reading.
 Metre: Upajāti. Kielhorn’s reading of the last two aksharas is (Sanskrit), but on the plate the first is a
clear ha with the mātrā very distinct.
 Metre : Sragdharā, or Mandākrāntā, the last caesura of both of which is identical in syllabus.
 Metre : Anushṭubh. Kielhorn read the first letter of the line as (Sanskrit) but the initial loop of the letter
in only ornamental.
 Metre : Sragdharā, or Mandākrāntā.
 Read ─Metre: Sragdharā.
 Metre : Āryā or its variant, i.e., Gīti or Upagīti.
 Metre : Anushṭubh.
 Metre : Śārdūlavikrīḍita.
 Metre : as above. The last two aksharas in this line are as suggested by Kielhorn.
 Metre : Anushṭubh.
 Meter : Ārya or its variant.
 Metre : Rathāddhatā or Svāgatā, both of which are distinguished only the interchange of the mātrās of the 9th and the 10th aksharas
in each of its feet.
 Kujrow of the Indian Atlas, sheet No. 70. Situated at N. Lat. 24 ̊ 51’ and E. Long 80 ̊, this place is
43 kms. east of Chhatarpur and
55 kms. south of Mahōbā, and is now connected with a metalled road
with each of these places. The antiquities of this place are described
by Cunningham in his A. S. I. R., Vol. II. pp. 412 ff. ibid., Vol. X. pp. 16 ff. and again in ibid., Vol. XXI, pp. 55 ff.
 Cunningham found the slab placed ‘sloping against the wall’ of the temple, and he also remarked that
it was not seen by Burt in
1838, but was obtained in course of repairs carried on to this temple by the
Chhatarpur Rājā some time after 1843. In Burt’s time the temple
was known as of Chaturbhuj.