North Indian Inscriptions
No. 201 ; PLATE CLXXVII
THE plate which bears this inscription was found at Digōdā, a village about 24 kms. straight north of Ṭīkamgaḍh, the principal town of a district in the Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh. The record was briefly noticed in the Annual Report of Epigraphy, 1971-72, as No. A-7. The plate was then in the possession of Shri S. P. Srivastava, Principal of the Basic Training Institute at Kuṇḍēśvara, near Ṭīkamgaḍh ; but at present, as I am informed, it is exhibited at the local Museum at that place. The definite year and the circumstances under which the plate was found are not known. The inscription, which is of great value for the history of the Chandēlla rulers and the Turkish invasion of India, as to be seen below, is edited here for the first time, from an impression kindly provided to me by the Chief Epigraphist. I also revised my reading from the original plate placed at my disposal, due to the courtesy of Shri P. C. Sen, the Director of Archaeology, Madhya Pradesh.
The inscription is on a single copper-plate, which is fairly large but thin. The plate is
broken on all the four sides and the corners, especially at the lower right-hand side, resulting
in the loss of some letters in the last three lines. Its ends are slightly raised and it shows a
curvature on the right side also. It is inscribed on one side only. The greatest length of it
is 58.8 cms. and the breadth is 34 cms. The writing covers an area about 58 cms. broad by
33.5 cms. high. In the middle of the top-margin the plate shows a rectangular hole (1 cm.
by .5 cm.), which appears as bored some time later, apparently for hanging it by a nail on the
wall, as also stated in the Report of Epigraphy, referred to above. A similar attempt also
appears to have been made at the bottom, which has mutilated a portion of the plate. It
weighs 2 kilograms and 8.80 grams.
 The word, which is used here for alliteration, means a mountain.