Inscriptions

Stones of record

Print edition : September 05, 2014

A view of the Asthana-e-Moula Ali dargah in old Pallavaram. This was a rock-cut cave temple during the reign of Mahendravarman I Pallava in the 7th century A.D. and home to the oldest inscription in Madras belonging to the Pallava period. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The inscription, found on the upper and lower verandahs of the temple, gives the titles assumed by Mahendravarman I in Pallava-Grantha script. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A view of the Adipuriswarar temple in Thiruvottiyur. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Staff of the ASI taking estampages of inscriptions on slabs that were part of the flooring in the Adipuriswarar temple at Tiruvottiyur. The slabs were prised out during the renovation work that is under way in the temple, damaging many of the inscriptions. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

An inscription on a wall of the Adipuriswarar temple. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Inscriptions on a wall of the Adipuriswarar temple. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

At the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane, inscriptions, including one on Ezhumur nadu (Egmore), on the northern wall, an estampage of which was taken in 2008 when Egmore Railway Station's centenary was celebrated. Photo: K.V. SRINIVASAN

A view of the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane. Photo: V. Ganesan

The inscriptions found in various parts of Chennai are important and authentic documents relating to political, economic, social and cultural history that give us a flavour of life in times long gone.
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