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Ancient inscriptions unearthed

MYSORE, JAN. 23. A set of copper plate inscriptions of the Talakadu Ganga kings has been unearthed from Tumbula. The Sanskrit inscriptions date back to AD 444.

In a press release, N. Havalaiah, Reader and Principal Investigator, Department of Studies in Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore, said the three copper plates had an elephant seal. They referred to the kings, Kogunivarma, Madhavavarma, and Harivarma. The inscriptions also contain Kannada words in describing the boundaries of a village. This is considered important from the archaeological and historical points of view. The inscriptions record some grants for a hero who died in a battle and throws light not only on the Ganga history but also on Kannada language, according to Mr. Havalaiah. The other members of the team involved in the discovery of the inscriptions are H.M. Nagaraja Rao, epigraphist, Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies, Krishnappa, research scholar, and Rajusiddartha.

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