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Object with Brahmi Inscription of Ashokan Period Found in Telangana’s Manjira Valley

Archaeologists found a terracotta object containing Brahmi inscription written in Prakrit language and in characters of the third century B.C, on the shores of River Manjira in Medak district of Telangana state.

The inscription learn as “devanam” prefixed with a logo of ‘nandipada’ by the Director, Epigraphy, Archaeological Survey of India. The phrase ‘devanam’ suggests the a part of the title of the nice emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty.

History and Archaeology researcher M A Srinivasan and his workforce comprising of B Shankar Reddy, B Nagaraju and N Arun Kumar found the terracotta antiquity on the banks of Manjira river- a tributary of Godavari river situated at Kulcharam.

“This discovery of Brahmi script palaeographical assignable to Mauryan interval on the terracotta is a uncommon and landmark epigraphical discovery in India generally and in Telangana state particularly. Three Buddhist label inscriptions had been additionally present in rock shelters only a kilometer away from the positioning the place this antiquity is discovered,” mentioned researcher Srinivasan.

These inscriptions are in Prakrit language and Brahmi script of 1st BC-1st AD and so they learn as ‘Henamo Buddeya’, ‘dhama’, ‘he jama’ and are discovered on the rock boulders, he added.

Researchers discovered the vintage object whereas they had been discovering a supporting historical habitation website for the Buddhist rock shelter. The website is unfold in an space of about 100 acres and is more likely to yield a lot of archaeological supplies moreover proof like fortification wall, terracotta objects- pot-shreds of crimson slipped ware, black polished ware and boring crimson ware.

This discovery unveils a brand new chapter within the historical past of Telangana as that is the primary time we may discover such treasured proof in Manjira valley, mentioned Srinivasan.

The analysis workforce urged the Department of Heritage and the Archaeological survey of India to take up survey and excavations of the positioning to carry out extra proof to gentle. An intensive survey and seek for the previous three months within the rock beds and Manjira river financial institution may make this attainable.

Three extra Buddhist inscriptions had been present in a rock shelter on the banks of the Manjeera within the village of Nagasanpalli, a couple of kilometer from the place the terracotta shell was discovered.

These inscriptions had been additionally written within the Brahmi script of the pure language of the first century BC and 1st century AD. One of the inscriptions reads ‘Hey Namo Buddha’, one other inscription reads ‘Damma’ (Dharma), and the third inscription reads ‘Hey Jama’.

Archaeological excavations on the caves have uncovered traces of instruments utilized by the aborigines over the past a part of the Neolithic Age (12,000 years in the past).​

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