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Rare Renati Chola era inscription unearthed

1st September, 2020 Art & Culture

About: A rare inscription dating back to the Renati Chola era has been unearthed in a remote village of Kadapa district.

  • Found engraved on a dolomite slab and shale, the language and characters of the inscription was written in archaic Telugu, which was readable in 25 lines — the first side with 11 lines and the remaining on the other side. It was assigned to the 8th Century A.D., when the region was under the rule of the Chola Maharaja of Renadu.
  • “The inscription seems to throw light on the record of a gift of six marttus (a measuring unit) of land gifted to a person Sidyamayu, one of the Brahmins serving the temple at Pidukula village. The last lines are indicative of the priority given to morality in those days.
  • It reads out that, “the people who safeguard this inscription for future generations will acquire the status of conducting Aswamedha Yaga, and those destroying it will incur sin equivalent to causing a death in Varanasi,”

Reference: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rare-inscription-unearthed/article32490807.ece#:~:text=A%20rare%20inscription%20dating%20back,fraternity%20of%20archaeology%20and%20history.