113 to 115 Ghritasthanesvara, Dandisvara & Adhipurisvara temples
111 to 112 Adimulesvara temple at Tiruppalatturai
116 to 118 Dandisvara at Velachcheri, Vishnu temple at Tirumalpuram
ON THE SOUTH WALL OF THE CENTRAL SHRINE IN THE
GHRITASTHANESVARA TEMPLE AT TILLASTHANAM
This inscription is dated in the 13th
year of Rajakesarivarman. It
records gifts of gold made by Tennavan Pirudimarasan alias
Katti Orriuran and Varaguna â Perumanar, the wife of Parantaka
Ilangovelar, for two perpetual lamps to be burnt in the temple of
Mahadeva (Siva) of Tiruneyttanam which was a devadana (village)
Among the boundaries described in the
inscription the embankment Karikala-karai is worthy of mention.
Varaguna-Perumanar under the name Varaguna
has been mentioned in the Muvarkoyil inscription at Kodumbalur
as the wife of Bhuti-Vikramakesariin whose other name was
Parantaka Ilangovelar of our inscription is the same as Madhurantaka
considered that Madhurantaka Irukkuvel was a contemporary of Aditya
The palaeography suggests a much earlier period for the
(Line 1.) Hail ! Prosperity ! In the 13th
year of (the reign of) king Rajakesarivarman, Tennavan
Pirudimarsan alias Katti Orri-uran gave 25 kalanju
of gold for burning one perpetual lamp with (one) ulakku
of ghee every day, to the (god) Mahadeva (Siva) of
Tiruneyttanam which was a devadana in Poygai-nadu; and
Varaguna-Perumanar, the queen (deviyar) of
Parantaka-Ilangovelar, (also) gave 25 kalanju of gold
for one perpetual lamp. With
(this) total of 50 kalanju of gold (some) land
of the god was cleared of its borders and mounds and converted into
a wet field. The
boundaries (of this reclaimed) land (are) : -
(L. 7.) West of the cultivated land (tudavai)
of (the god) Vishnu-Bhattaraka (lying to the) east of
the border ; north of the embankment (called) Karikala-karai
; east of the karay dry lands of the god ; and south of (the
channel called) Andanur âvaykkal.
Having (thus) received the ten sey of
cultivated wet land situated within the four great boundaries thus
described, we, the assembly and the padamulam
of Tiruneyttanam, agree to burn daily two perpetual lamps, as
long as the moon and the sun (endure).
(The assembly of) all Mahesvaras shall protect
ON THE SOUTH WALL OF THE CENTRAL SHRINE IN THE DANDISVARA
TEMPLE AT VELACHCHERI
Madiraikonda Rajakesarivarman, in whose 5th
year this record is dated, has been identified with Gandaraditya,
the second son of Parantaka I., on the supposition that he must have
inherited the title Madiraikonda from his father who first
bore it and that he should have been the immediate successor of
Parantaka I. on the Chola throne â the eldest son Rajaditya having
evidently died during the life-time of Parantaka.
Hail ! Prosperity ! In the 5th
year of (the reign of) king Rajakesarivarman who took Madirai
(Madura), Devakumara-kramavittan of Tennur, (one) of
the (members of the) administrative assembly (alum-ganattar)
of Velichcheri in Kottur-nadu, (a subdivision) of
Puliyur-kottam, gave ninety fat sheep, which neither die nor grow
old, for burning a lamp as long as the moon and the sun (endure),
(in the temple) of the god Tiruttandisvara of this village.
(The assembly of) all Mahesvaras
shall protect this charity.
ON A PILLAR LYING TO THE SOUTH OF THE ADHIPURISVARA TEMPLE AT
This inscription is also dated in the 5th
year of the reign of Madiraikonda Rajakesarivarman.
It registers a gift of sheep for a lamp to the Siva temple at
Tiruvorriyur. The donor
was one of the nobles (perundaram) of Udaiyar
sri-Uttama-Chola who is undoubtedly king Madhurantaka Uttama-Chola,
the paternal uncle of Rajaraja I.
A reasonable doubt may arise why Uttama-Chola is given here
the title of a ruling king and not that of a prince.
It was perhaps because he was the chosen successor of Gandaraditya at the
time. We know, however,
that he actually came to the Chola throne only after one or two
other kings had reigned subsequent to his fatherâs death.
Hail ! Prosperity ! In the 5th
year of (the reign of) king Raja kesarivarman, who took
Madirai (Madura), Kaduttalai Nagamaiyan, son of Singamaiyan, a perundaram
of Kalesi (village ?) who had accompanied Udaiyar sri-Uttama-Soladeva
(to this temple), gave ninety fat sheep, which neither die
nor grow old, for burning one perpetual lamp as long as the moon and
the stars (endure), and one Ila
lamp-(stand) to (the temple of) Mahadeya (Siva)
of Tiruvorriyyur. This shall be under the protection of (the
assembly of) all Mahesvaras.