A Jain inscription found in Kalasa

A Jain inscription found in Kalasa

An unpublished Jaina inscription of the medieval period found in a Jaina Basadi of the Chikkamagaluru district. It was written in Kannada script and language. It is found written on the back of an image of Chnadranatha Tirthankara in 10 lines, says Prof. T. Murugeshi in his press release here today.

It was stated that in the Angirasa Savatsara Aashada Suddha Dasami Murara vivaradalu, these given details of date, corresponding to 1512 A.D. July 2nd Friday. On that specified date and day, Devchandra Deva a Jaina teacher of Panasoge bali was said to be installed a miniature Chnadranatha Tirthankar. It was done due to some unhappy event which can saw by eyes and which can be heard by ears by Devachandra. Devachandra was a disciple of Lalithakirti Acharya of Panasoge a small village in K.R. Nagar taluk of the Mysore districts. Chandranath Tirthankara was 8th Tirthankara among 24 Tirthankaras and Jwalamalini is his consort. Simhanagadde nearby Kalasa was a famous Jaina centre for Jwalamalini, says Prof. T. Murugeshi T.

Original Text of the inscription

1. 0. ಅಗಿರ ಸಂವತ್ಸರದ ಅಸಡ
2. 0. ಸುಂದ ದಸಮಿ ಮೂರ ವಿವ
3. 0. ರ ದಂಲು ಶ್ರೀಮತು ದೇವ ಚಂ
4. 0. ದ್ರ ದೇವರು ಕಳಸದ ಚಂದ್ರನ
5. 0. ತ ಅವಂತ್ರವದ ಸಮಂದ
6. 0. ಪ್ರತಿ ಚಂದ್ರನತನ ಗೆಯಿ
7. 0. ಸಿ ನಿಂಲಿಸಿ ಕಿವಿಲಿ ಕೇಳಿದಕೆ
8. 0. ಕಂಣಲಿ ನೋಡಿದಕೆ ಪ್ರಾಚಿ
9. 0. ತ ಯಿರಿಸಿದ ಚಂದ್ರನ
10. – – –

Transliteration

1. 0. Agira Savatsarada asaDa
2. 0. Sunda Dasami Mura viva
3. 0. ra dalu Srimatu Devachan
4. 0. dra Devaru KaLasada Chandra na
5. 0. ta Avantravada samanda
6. 0. Prati Chandranathana geyi
7. 0. Si Nilisi Kivili KeLidake
8. 0. KaNali Noodidake Praci
9. 0. ta yirisida Chandrana
10. – – –

I am thankful to Kum Sushmitha K. Kalasa, a PhD student of Kannada University Hampi and Sri Ajith priest of the Jaina temple, Kalasa for their help and support in the study of this inscription.

Prof. MURUGESHI T. Associate Professor in Ancient History & Archaeology. MSRS College, SHIRVA-574116. Ph. 9482520933.