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Inscription Stones of Bangalore

,
A Physical Verification Project
by Udaya Kumar P L
Introduction
This is documentation of a self-funded project motivated by the desire to learn more about my home city-
Bangalore, and to publicize the learnings
A very key learning so far has been that we have in our city - in the urban jungle that Bangalore has turned
into, a plethora of historical evidences in the form of centuries old stone inscriptions !
Unfortunately most of these have been misunderstood or ignored and lie in pitiable, unsafe surroundings .
While a fair number of these stone inscriptions are still intact and readable, many also have been destroyed,
most sadly in the last decade or so. If the present state of ignorance about them continues, then the pace at
which they will be destroyed is bound to increase - given the maddening pace at which the city is growing
and the increased pressures to encroach on the space they occupy. However with better awareness about
what they really are, the chances of their being valued & therefore secured are much higher.
All photos in this presentation are mine and can be freely reproduced. I hope but do not insist that I will be
credited as the photographer and the person who (re)recognized these stones for what they really are !
This is a living document which will be continually updated to reflect the state of more stone inscriptions in
the city as I learn about them. As of 12-Sep-2017 I have verified some 68 of the 160 odd stone inscriptions
known to have been in Bangalore per historians.
In due course I will add to this presentation the exact locations of these stones so that anyone interested
may also go see them.
If you like this project and have something to say about it , please write to Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com

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Stone Inscriptions – A Primer
Stone Inscriptions (Shila Shasanas) are excellent sources of information
about the local history of a place . They provide information about

• Martyrdom in war/defending cattle/defending women/hunting an
elephant/tiger/bear,….
• self killing for varied reasons….by a soldier at his kings funeral/for the fulfilment of
a vow/fast unto death for religious reasons/widowing/…
• the names of the local chieftain & empire of the time
• the genealogy of the King
• names of places and regions in use at the time
• astronomical events such as solar eclipses, solistices..
• the evolution of language over the centuries
• units of length/area/currency..in use at the time
• religious practices – grants to temples, shraddas, popular festivals
• the construction of villages & lakes

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Inscription Stones (Shila Shashanas ) & Snake (Naga) Stones
The two are completely different, Inscription Stones are often
poorly dressed, visually unappealing with inscriptions carved on
them. They usually do not carry any carvings of Snakes or other
Deities. But Inscription stones do often have a full circle and a
crescent carved at the top. These are symbolic indications that
the contents of the inscription are valid for as long as the Sun &
Moon are around (for all time to come). An inscription stone may
sometimes include a deity (often a linga or a padma) depiction
between the Sun and the Moon carvings.

Naga stones sport the carving of a snake(s) and do not have any
inscriptions on them. Naga stones are very common and are found
in most streets! While some of these Naga stones may be hundreds
of years old, there is not much of history to be gleaned from them.
They are essentially religious in nature

Often people mistake Inscription Stones for Naga stones and
worship them too !
The Structure Of An Inscription Stone

Moon

Sun
Date of the inscription
Linga in the Indian calendar
system
The first word is a
greeting such as The Kings name
Swasti/Om.. Wishing with honorifics
all people well
The last part is a
blessing for those who
The middle part is the honor and protect the
key message of the inscription and a curse
inscription. on those who protects
or violates the core
message or descrate
the inscription
The Stone Inscriptions Of Bangalore
Per historical records*, the Bangalore region in the late 1800s had about
200 stone inscriptions in its various villages & towns. These inscriptions
span the period 517AD-1858AD and are an important record of the
villages of that time and events there. The language and scripts of these
inscriptions are Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Persian languages.

Except in the case of a few well known inscriptions, the status of most of
these are unknown today. This project (a self funded, citizen initiative) is
an attempt to track these stones in the urban jungle of Bangalore,
document their state and in due course attempt to ensure these stones
are recognised for what they are and secured from destruction.

*Epigraphia Carnatica (1905), Mysore Archaeological Reports (1906,7,11..), South Indian Inscriptions…
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What Can Be Done With These Inscriptions ?
I am of the opinion that these stones should not be
moved to a Museum or some such distant place for
safe keeping. If moved, their connection with the
place of installation will be lost & the opportunity to
educate local people about their heritage greatly
diminished! In my dreams, I see these stones
encircled in a low 6" platform (to protect them) and
an adjacent modern day stone carrying translations
of the inscription in Kannada and English.

This is exactly what has been done in the
Veerashaiva Mutta at Vibhutipura ! That particular
inscription tells the story of the village - that in the
year 1307, the jungle around was cleared, a lake
constructed and the lands exempt from tax. Imagine
the pride a resident today would walk away with
when he learns all that from the inscription!!!

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In Due Course …. Locations
List of Stone Inscriptions Verified So Far
Year
EC 9 Description of Installed Location in Inscribed
Village Inscription language Installed Size Current Status
Bn# Historical Records On
(AD)
1 34 Alada mara Nagasandra Stone Kannada 1342 4'x3'6" In three pieces
2 1 Ranganatha Temple Ballapurada Pete Stone Telugu 1628 4'10"X1'4"Intact
3 8 Chokkanatha Temple Domlur Stone Kannada 1440 4'6"X2" Intact
4 9 Chokkanatha Temple Domlur Stone Kannada 1270 Intact
5 10 Chokkanatha Temple Domlur Stone Grantha & Tamil 1266 Intact
6 11 Chokkanatha Temple Domlur Stone Grantha & Tamil 1290 Intact
7 12 Chokkanatha Temple Domlur Stone Grantha & Tamil 1300 Intact
8 13 Chokkanatha Temple Domlur Stone Grantha & Tamil 1200 Intact
9 16 Garudakamba outside GopalaKrishna Temple Yelahanka Stone Kannada 1410 Intact
10 17 Garudakamba in the Prakara of GopalaKrishna Temple Yelahanka Stone Kannada Unknown Intact
11 19 South of Hanumanta temple Chikka Bettahali (Yelahankahobli)
Stone Kannada 1524 6'2"X2'4" Intact
12 24 North outlet of tank Ganigarahalli (Yelahanka hobli) Stone Kannada 1342 5'X6'3" Intact
13 27 Pujaris field Tindlu Stone Kannada 1368 7'6"X3'6" Intact
14 28 Anjenaya Temple Harohalli (Yelahanka hobli) Stone Kannada 1530 5'X2'11" Intact
15 29 Virakkal in Taranisi Iranya's filed Avalahalli (Yelahanka Hobli) Stone Kannada 1349 Intact
16 30 Village entrance Allalasandra (Yelahanka Hobli) Kannada 1544 5'X2'3" Intact
17 35 Baireshwara Temple Doddabidarkallu Stone Kannada Unknown 2'X1'3" Intact
18 38 Sanabogha Ellappas field (virakalu) Dasarahalli Stone Kannada 1000 6'X4'6" Intact
19 39 Sanabogha Ellappas field Dasarahalli Stone Kannada 1250 5'6"x4'3" Intact
20 52 Asvatta mara Marathhalli Stone Telugu 1508 6'2"X1'6" Intact
21 53 Hola near the village Dodda Nekkundi Stone Tamil 1304 8'X6' Intact
22 59 Village gate Saddarmangala Stone Grantha & Tamil 1346 4'6"x2"6" Intact
23 60 Batayi land to the west Saddarmangala Stone Grantha & Tamil 1337 6'6"x3' Intact
24 72 Someshvara Temple Belur Stone Tamil 1350 3'x2'6" Intact
25 73 Muniyappa garden Belur Stone Tamil 1381 5'6"x2' Intact
26 83 Brought to the museum from the Nagesvara temple Kannada 890 6'8'x6'10" Intact
27 84 Brought to the museum from the Nagesvara temple Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Kannada 7'6"x4'6" Intact
28 86 Nageshwara temple basement of the inner mantappa Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1270 Intact
29 87 Nageshwara temple virakal in the wall of the enclosure Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 900 Intact
30 88 Nageshwara temple another virakal Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 900 Intact
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Year
EC 9 Description of Installed Location in Inscribed Inscription
Village Installed Size Current Status
Bn# Historical Records On language
(AD)
31 90 Nageshwara temple door frame Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1400 2'4"x1' Intact
32 124 South of village gate Yeshwantapura Stone Kannada Unknown 2'3"X1'2' Intact
33 127 west of Anjaneya temple Kodigehalli Stone Kannada 1431 4'6"X3' Intact
34 131 Nagashettyhalli village entrance Nagasettyhalli Stone Kannada Unknown 2'6"X2' Intact
35 133 Mutt Vibhutipura Stone Tamil 1307 3'x4' Intact
36 134 Karadappas garden Hebbala Stone Kannada 1308 3'4"x3'4" Intact
37 137 Sanabhaga Raghavendrappas garden Hebbala Stone Kannada 1676 3'X2' Intact
38 85a Nageswara temple basement Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1300 Intact
39 85b Nageshwara temple basement Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1262 Intact
40 85c Nageshwara temple basement Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1110 Intact
41 91a Nageshwara temple basement Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1294 Intact
42 91b Nageshwara temple basement Begur (Begur hobli) Stone Grantha & Tamil 1300 Intact
43 By the roadside Allalasandra (Yelahanka Hobli) Grantha-Tamil ? Unknown Intact
44 North of the Basavana Temple Doddabettahalli Not visible Unknown 1'X1' Intact
45 North of the Basavana Temple (no inscription ?) Doddabettahalli Not visible Unknown 4'X2' Intact
46 32 Barren Land of Kempapurada Muniyappa Allalasandra (Yelahanka Hobli) Stone Kannada 1080 5'4"x4' Intact.
47 36 KoteHanumantas field (virakalu) Dasarahalli Stone Tamil 750 4'6"x3'9" Known to have been destroyed
48 37 KoteHanumantas field Dasarahalli Stone Kannada 980 4'x2'9" Known to have been destroyed
49 125 Cow shed southside Yeshwantapura Stone Kannada Unknown 3'X1'6" Known to have been destroyed
50 126 Rudrappas field Yeshwantapura Stone Kannada 1650 2'6"X2' Known to have been destroyed
51 18 Hanumnathappas field Yelahanka Stone Grantha & Tamil 1303 5'X2'6" Not traceable
52 20 Basavana Temple Doddabettahalli Stone Kannada Unknown Not traceable
53 22 Anjenaya Temple Shinginayakanahalli Stone Kannada 1'6'X1'9' Not traceable
54 25 Old fort Chickbanavara Stone Kannada 1140 5'6"X2' Not traceable
55 26 Gopalswami temple DoddaBommasandra (YelahankaStone hobli) Kannada 1430 3'X2' Not Traceable
56 31 Eminance (hill?) Allalasandra (Yelahanka Hobli) Stone Kannada 1340 6'X4' Not traceable
57 74 Basava temple Belur Stone Tamil 1300 7'x2' Not traceable
58 75 Viranna Temple Belur Stone Tamil 1301 5'x2'6" Not traceable
59 128 Talavaras field Nagasettihalli Stone Kannada 1342 2'6"X1'9" Not Traceable
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Year
EC 9 Description of Installed Location in Inscribed Inscription
Village Installed Size Current Status
Bn# Historical Records On language
(AD)
60 129 Talavaras field Nagasettihalli Stone Kannada 1342 6'X2' Not Traceable
61 130 Talavaras field Nagasettihalli Stone Kannada 5'X2'6" Not Traceable
62 132 Ruined Anjaneya temple Devasandra Stone Tamil 1376 5'6"x4'3" Not traceable
63 135 Basaweshwara temple (on stone column lying in front) Hebbala Stone Kannada Unknown Not traceable
64 136 Village gate Hebbala Stone Kannada 1689 2'x1'6" Not traceable
65 139 Western outlet of tank Kyatamaranahalli Stone Kannada 1386 6'x2'9" Not traceable
66 139a Sivanisvara temple basement Kacharkanahalli Stone Grantha & Tamil 1237 Not traceable
67 139b Sivanisvara temple Kacharkanahalli Stone Grantha & Tamil 1273 Not traceable
68 139c Sivanisvara temple Kacharkanahalli Stone Grantha & Tamil 1286 Not traceable

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Location Year Language
Domlur 1440 AD Kannada

Current State
Secure. Installed in the premises of the
Chockanathata temple

Dombalur Adhikari of
EC9 Bn8
Sondeyakoppa

Vira Chokkanatha
Hejjunka
DevaRaya

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Location Year Language
Domlur 1440 AD Kannada

Current State
Secure. Installed in the premises of the
Chockanathata temple

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Location Year Language
1200-
Domlur Kannada
1300 AD
Current State
Secure. Basement of the Chockanathata
temple

Talaikattu
Irravi
EC9 Bn9-13 Illaipakanadu
Tripurantaka
Rajendra-
Settiyar
Solavanadu
Parapati Tesimanika
Tombalur pattinam
Settichchiyar
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Location Year Language
Domlur 1440 AD Kannada

Current State
Secure. Basement of the Chockanathata
temple

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Location Year Language
Yelahanka 1368 AD Kannada

Current State
Secure. Inscribed at the base of the
Garudakamba

EC9
Bn16

Vira Deepamale
DevaRaya Kamba

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Location Year Language
Yelahanka Unknown Kannada

Current State
Secure. Inscribed at the base of the
Garudakamba

EC9
Bn17

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Location Year Language
Chikkabettahalli 1524 Kannada

Current State

Somewhat secure, adjacent to a temple

EC9
Bn19 Ramanuja-
Krishna-raya Singapura Chiga-bettahali Pattana kuta

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Location Year Language
Ganigarahalli 1324 Kannada

Current State

Unsecured, lying on open ground

Sarvamanya
Kodige

Yelahaka-nad
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Bn24
Vira-Ballala Unnamale

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Location Year Language
Tindlu 1368 AD Kannada

Current State
In a bylane, tilted and vulnerable to being
hit by a passing vehicle.

EC9
Bn27

Bukkanna

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Location Year Language
Chikkabettahalli 1530 Kannada

Current State

Secure inside a temple compound

EC9
Bn28 Tiruvengalanatha Ramanuja-
Achyuta-raya Harohalli Sivanasumadra-sthala
of Singapura kuta
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Location Year Language
Avalahalli 1349 Kannada

Current State
Lying in a field, beside a deep pit dug by
treasure hunters . Insecure.
Worn out inscription with only a few words
discernible.

EC9
Bn29

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Location Year Language
Allalasandra 1544 Kannada

Current State

By the side of a road

EC9 Vitahaleswara-
Rachur arasu
Bn30
Sivanasamudra-
Sadasiva-raya Allalanatha Jakur Allalasandra Elahaka-nad
sime
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Wrong Size & characters not clearly visible. Location Year Language
Could be a different inscription
Allalasandra 1080AD Kannada

Current State
Untraceable

EC9 32 ?

Kulottunga-
Sanne-nad
Chola

Killed while hunting an
Warrior’s Son’s Younger Brother !
old boar (handi)
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Location Year Language
Nagasandra 1342 AD Kannada

Current State
Broken into three pieces, lying flat in a field.
Appears like there are inter-family
disagreements about the property

EC9
Bn34
Machidevaru

Jiyaru
Vir-Ballala Elahaka-nad

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Location Year Language
Doddabidarkal Unknown Kannada

Current State
Secure inside a temple compound. White
enamel painted.

No translation provided in the EC

EC9
Bn35
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Location Year Language
Dasarahalli ¬1000 AD Kannada

Current State
In a 15’X15’ vacant site with a corrugated
metal roof, littered with construction debris.

EC9
Bn38

Inbatur Chaura

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Location Year Language
Dasarahalli ¬1250 AD Kannada

Current State

In a 15’X15’ vacant site with a corrugated
sheet roof, littered with construction
debris.

No translation provided in the EC

EC9
Bn38

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Location Year Language
Marathalli 1508 AD Telugu

Current State
In an open public space, stone is smeared
with turmeric & kumkum

EC9
Bn52
Narasinga Raya

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Location Year Language
Dodda
1304 AD Tamil
Nekkundi
Current State
Rests against a tree at a busy intersection. Most
part of the stone is hidden behind a flex banner
and a sugarcane juice vendor uses the space
between the stone and tree to stash crushed cane

Erumurkkada EC9 Dorasamuttira
Sivagange
ppali Bn53
Nakkigundi
Nekkundi Ariyas Chola Pandya
Vira-vallala-
Periyanadu Masandinadu Mahevaras
deva-nadu
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Location Year Language
Dodda
1304 AD Tamil
Nekkundi
Current State
Rests against a roadside tree at a busy
intersection. Most part of the stone is covered
from sight by a flex banner and a roadside
sugarcane juice vendor uses the space between
the stone and tree to stash crushed cane

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Bn53
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Location Year Language
Sadarmangala 1337 AD Tamil

Current State
Lying unrecognised in a vacant site

Hosala Vira
EC9 Bn60
Vallala Devar Turaivalinadu

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Location Year Language
Someshwara
1350 AD Tamil
Temple inside
NAL Belur
Campus
Current State
Secure inside a temple deep inside NAL
Belur campus. Access to the general public
is only on Mondays 9am-1pm

EC9 Bn72 & 73

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Location Year Language
Someshwara
1381 AD Tamil
Temple inside
NAL Belur
Campus
Current State
Secure inside a temple deep inside NAL
Belur campus. Access to the general public
is only on Mondays 9am-1pm

Velur EC9 Bn72 & 73 Turaivali-nad
(Land of Banana ?)

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Location Year Language
Bangalore
Museum 890 AD Tamil

Current State
Secure in the museum

Komaran
Igalluru
gundu

Galanjavagilu Saramu
EC9 Bn83 Tovaguru
Bempuru Puvina- Kutanida-
Kudal Elkunde Parvaru
Pullimangala nalluru
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Location Year Language
Bangalore
Museum 890 AD Tamil

Current State
Secure in the museum

1865 photo by Henry Dixon of the Virakal at
Begur Nageshwara temple before it was
shifted to the museum
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Gangavadi 96
Ayappadeva Dagmonelmalli
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Bempur Tumbepadi Ganga Kula Ereyapparasa Nagattara Bira Mahendra
Nigattara
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Location Year Language
Basement of
Nageshwara 1270 AD Tamil
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

EC9 Bn85a-c

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Location Year Language
Basement of
Nageshwara 1270 AD Tamil
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

EC9 Bn85a-c

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Location Year Language
Basement of 1110-
Nageshwara Tamil
1300 AD
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

EC9 Bn85a-c

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Location Year Language
Nageshwara 900 AD Kannada
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

EC9 Bn87

Nagattara Manemagaddin Pegura

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Location Year Language
Nageshwara 900 AD Kannada
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

EC9 Bn88

Nagattara Tondabbe

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Location Year Language
Nageshwara 900 AD Kannada
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

EC9 Bn88

Nagattara Tondabbe

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Location Year Language
Nageshwara 900 AD Kannada
Temple
Current State
Secure in the temple

MAR 1915

Nagattara Bengaluru Buttana Shetty

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Location Year Language
Yeshwantapura 1650 AD Kannada

Current State
Secure inside a temple compound. Smeared
with turmeric & kumkum

EC9
Bn124

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Location Year Language
Kodigehalli 1431 AD Kannada

Current State
By the side of a fairly busy road. Very
susceptible to being hit by a passing
vehicle, road is frequented by heavy
commercial vehicles

EC9
Bn127 Vijayanagar Devaraya Virupaskhapura
Accurate record of a Solar eclipse on Aug-8, 1431 Devasamudra Yelahnaka-nad Sivanasamudra
Yelahnaka-nad
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Current State Location Year Language
Kodigehalli 1431 AD Kannada
By the side of a
fairly busy road.
Very susceptible
to being hit by a
passing vehicle,
road is
frequented by
heavy
commercial
vehicles

EC9
Bn127
Vijayanagar Devaraya Virupaskhapura
Accurate record of a Solar eclipse on Aug-8, 1431 Devasamudra Yelahnaka-nad Sivanasamudra
Yelahnaka-nad
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Location Year Language
Nagashettyhalli Unknown Kannada

Current State

Set in the compound wall of a home

EC9
Bn131

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Location Year Language
Vibuthipura 1307 Tamil

Current State
Secure within the premises of the
Veerashaiva mutta. Alongside is a modern
day stone inscription that provides the
English & Kannada transalations of the
original Tamil inscription

EC9 Accountant of
Cleared jungle, levelled land, built a
Posala-Vira- village, constructed lake
Vallala-Devar
Bn133 nada

Masandinadu Sembidevar Vachhi-
Villa-gamaudar Peru-Erumur
devarpuram
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Location Year Language
Vibuthipura 1307 Tamil

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Bn133
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Location Year Language
Hebbala 1308 AD Kannada

Current State
Have been used to line a roadside drain.
They have been moved from their original
locations and are kept alongside an
unmarked veeragalu

EC9
Bn134&137

Vira-Ballala-
Elahaka-nad Hebbala
Devarsa
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Location Year Language
Hebbala 1676 AD Kannada

Current State
Have been used to line a roadside drain.
They have been moved from their original
locations and are kept alongside an
unmarked veeragalu

EC9
Bn134&137
Old tank of
Samudrakote
Hebbala

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Location Year Language
Grantha-
Allalasandra Unknown
Tamil ?
Current State

By the side of a road, on the footpath

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Location Year Language
Undisclosed Unknown NA

Current State

No inscripritions. Approx 5’x3’ size

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Location Year Language
Dasarahalli ¬750 AD Kannada

Current State

Was destroyed during the construction of a
house some 10 years ago per neighbours

EC9 36

Polettalvor Kukkara Bidirkkal Karika-nad Palikkari-nad

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Location Year Language
Dasarahalli 980 AD Kannada

Current State

Was destroyed during the construction of a
house some 10 years ago per neighbours

EC9 37

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Location Year Language
Yeshawantapura 1431 AD Kannada

Current State

Was carted away by workers during the
construction of a house some 15 years ago
per neighbours

EC9 125

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Location Year Language
Yeshawantapura 1650 AD Kannada

Current State

Was carted away by workers during the
construction of a house some 15 years ago
per neighbours

EC9 126
Elavakka-nad Yejavantapura

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Location Year Language
Yelahanka 1303 AD Tamil

Current State

Untraceable

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Location Year Language
Dodadabettahalli Unknown Kannada

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 20

“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
Singanayakanahalli Unknown Kannada

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 22

“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
Chikkabanavara 1140 Kannada
Suspected to be submerged in a
Kalyani
Current State

Untraceable

EC9 25

Hoysala-devas
dandanayka Kadambur
Udeyamayya

“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
Doddabomasandra Unknown Kannada

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 26

Kukkala-nad Bukka-Nayaka
Bommahalli

Granted for an
Agrahara
“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
Allalasandra 1340AD Kannada

Current State
Untraceable

EC9 31

Unnamale-
Vira-Ballala Yalahaka-nad Sena
patttana
Bohava Allala
Fort of
Haramaravur
“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
Belur 1300 AD Tamil

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 74

“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
Belur 1301 AD Tamil

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 75

Periya-nadu Saruga-nadu Vira-Vallala-deva-nadu

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Location Year Language
Devasandra 1376 AD Kannada

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 132

Bukkanna-
Devasamudra Illaipaka-nadu
vodeyar

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Location Year Language
Hebbala 1689 AD Kannada

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 136

hana

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Location Year Language
Kethmaranahalli 1386 AD Kannada

Current State

Untraceable

EC9 139

Hariyappa- Bukkanna-
Jubanahalli
vodeyar vodeyar
Yalahakanad
“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Location Year Language
1237-
Kacharakanahalli Tamil
1286 AD
Current State

Sivanisvara temple is unlocatable !

EC9 139a

“Inscription Stones of Bangalore” by Udayakumar.pl@gmail.com
Evolution Of The Kannada Alphabet
For fun, I tried to rewrite a beautiful vachana by Allama Prabhu a 12th-century
Veershaiva saint using Kannada fonts of his time.

If this were a real stone inscription Hoysala carvers would have turned it into
an absolute beauty of course!
Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
Not being a trained archaeologist/epigraphist I am not conversant with the traditional technique of
estampage to record inscriptions, anyways I am not keen to touch the stones at all . So I researched for
digital imaging techniques that would help me capture inscriptions and found a technique called
Reflectance Transformation Imaging that seems good for the purpose. I have tried the technique on one
inscription and am amazed by the result. Here is a small video clip of that exercise. This was my first
attempt with the technique and the quality of the photographs I took were far from the recommended
quality . The flash failed to go off while shooting some 15 photographs, but still the result was quite
impressive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx3lPVZmOyU&t=4s

I hope to build RTI models of all existing stone inscriptions in Bangalore and share them freely in the
months to come !

If you would like to understand the power of RTI, you will need to download the RTI viewer from
http://culturalheritageimaging.org/What_We_Offer/Downloads/View/index.html

And look this model of one Bangalore inscription:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B94usvKpk9M7WlRMMHNUejhXckE/view?usp=sharing