The South Asia Inscriptions Database

Gadhwa Pillar Fragment 1

The stone was re-cut sometime after being engraved. The front has traces of 11 lines of writing, with about 13 characters each. These are illegible, but appear to be in the same alphabet as the preserved inscriptions and seem distinct from those. The back face, where the original pillar or block seems to have been cut in half, is rough. The ends of all lines on the proper left side, and the beginnings of all lines on the proper right side, are lost due to this cutting. The top two or three lines are also broken away, while the bottom is unscathed. The upper part of the proper left side bears two inscriptions of Candragupta II's time (%I-0010, 7 extant lines, the ends lost, and %I-0011, 8 extant lines, the ends lost). These two are not separated from one another except by punctuation. The lower part of the proper left side bears an inscription of Kumāragupta's time (%I-0030, 9 extant lines, the ends lost), separated from the earlier inscription only by a horizontal line. The proper right side also has  an inscription of Kumāragupta's time (%I-0021, 9 extant lines, the beginnings lost), only found in 1890 by Cunningham after clearing away a lime coat under which it was hidden.

Object URI
OB00010
Extent
24 cm width x 77 cm height x 10 cm depth
History details
Found in 1871-72 by Bābū Śiva Prasād, built into the wall of a residential house in Gaḍhwā Fort (13 km west by south of Bārā and 2.5 km south of the village of Bhaṭgaḍh in Karchanā Tehsil of Allahābād District).
Event Type
Created
Place
Gaḍhwā
Event Place Uncertain
place uncertain
Event Type
Recorded
Place
Gaḍhwā Fort
Event Place Uncertain
Date
1871-72
Event Type
Stored
Place
India Museum, Calcutta
Event Place Uncertain
Event Place Qualifier
Calcutta
Date
1983