Two inscriptions dating back to 14th and 18th centuries unearthed at Rajanukunte
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Discovered two inscriptions, one dating back to the Hoysala kingdom during the 14th century and the other to the Wadiyar rule in the 18th century, near Rajanukunte, Doddaballapur.
Both the inscriptions pertain to land grants in the erstwhile ‘Yelahanka Nadu’. The local villagers have initiated steps to conserve them.
14th century Kannada
- It’s dated 1310 AD, during the reign of Hoysala king Veera Ballala III.
- The inscription is written in 14th century Kannada, easily understood even today, and has 18 lines.
- It says Kameya Dandanayaka, son of Ponnanna Dandanayaka, the prime minister of Veera Ballala III, ruling over Elahakka Nadu, has donated all the land of Kadatanamale for the welfare of the people of the village.
- The inscription stone was found in the Kambada Anjaneya temple in which the sanctum sanctorum has a pillar on which there is an engraving of Anjaneya.
- The pillar is a Garuda kamba, usually placed outside a large temple. Now, only a portion of the pillar remains, which has become a temple in itself. This site probably had a large temple in the 14th century.
- The inscription refers to Yelahanka as Elahakka Nadu.
- Over 50 inscriptions have been found in this region that date back to the Hoysala period, especially to the reign of Veera Ballala III.
- When studied together, they show this particular king had taken keen interest in the development of this region.
- Earlier inscriptions dating back to the Chola period refer to this region as Ilaippakka Nadu.