The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Mathura Lakulisa Pilaster Inscription

The inscription is on the five dressed faces of the central section of the pilaster, readable in horizontal lines across faces (with 3-4 akṣaras on each face) rather than as separate columns. The third of the five faces is badly abraded. Bhandarkar (1981:234-235) theorises that the pilaster was already built in (perhaps into the shrine mentioned in the inscription) when the text was incised, and he takes the end of the inscription to be the first half of an āryā verse, for the second half of which there was no room available.

Object Reference
Object URI
OB00008
Inscription URI
IN00008

Basic Metadata

Extent
70 cm width x 47 cm height
Decoration
None.
Language
Sanskrit
Script
Northern class, early Gupta script, most characters indistinguishable from Kuṣāṇa script. Bhandarkar and Agrawala give no sizes.
Reigning Monarch
Candragupta II
Date (min)
379
Date (max)
380
Date comments
Intrinsic Date: 61 prathama āṣāḍha(?) śukla 5 (era: Gupta). Basis of dating: intrinsic.
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<lb break="no" n="12" />jñaptix kriyate sambodhanaṃ ca yathā-kā<unclear>le</unclear>nācāryyā
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<lb n="17" />jayati ca bhagavā<unclear>ṇ ḍaṇḍaḥ</unclear> rudra-daṇḍo gra-<unclear>nā</unclear>yako nitya<unclear>ṃ</unclear>
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Bibliographic Information (view/hide)
Bibliography description
First edited and discussed in #Bhandarkar_1931-32.
Inscription Concordance
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
6
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
1/III.9
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
8
Concordance Item
Concordance Item Number
99-105
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