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Nepal attracts people as a land of natural beauty, its hills and valleys, high snow capped peaks and its living temples and images sculptured on stones and woods with a high degree of artistic excellence displayed in the most inimitable style and existing since early centuries of the era. It is a country where lies the tallest mountains peak of the world and where lies the land where the great Buddha was born. It is a land of hoary antiquity and glorious past.

In the present volume the main task is to bring out in detail the epigraphic sources of the ancient period and we have tried to collect as many inscriptions as could be available to us in the present work. The volume in hand includes even those materials which have been traced up to date. Their number has gone to more than 170.

Actually speaking the inscriptions are the only source materials for the writing of the history of Nepal which is fascinating. Engraved on slabs of stones or pillars or pedestals of images or terracottas in late Brahmi script through Sanskrit medium they throw a flood of light on the cultural, political and economic aspects of life in ancient Nepal so that a complete history can be constructed on sure and secure foundation.

If epigraphy alone has come to our aid in history writing we should say that it is more true of Nepal of the ancient time. But that does not mean that we can ignore extant Indian, Chinese and Tibetan sources. Nor we can underrate the utility of Indian Smrti texts which provide a lot of information on subjects of socio-economic importance. However, the information is much limited and we are unable to give a total and complete structure of the situation.

A thorough scrutiny of the lines inscribed is made to give the records a correct reading as far as possible. Errors of reading so far made have been checked and corrected and corrections have continued till the lat so that the matter presented comes precisely in the right shape as far as possible. The value of the collection is enhanced because of the photographs of all the inscriptions through which the scholars can read for themselves the exact version of the text inscriptions and judge for themselves if my reading could be accepted as correct.

We have also the English translation of all the texts of inscriptions and it will surely help all those people who are not conversant with all Sanskrit to have thorough understanding of the contents of the texts incorporated in the volume. The notes which are separately published will enable the readers to understand and grasp the real purpose of all these expressions which might appear hard to follow in view of the context peculiar to the country they belong to. This is also the first time an English translation of the Inscription of Ancient Nepal has appeared.

There are many words which only a scholar of Nepalese history can understand and no one interested in Nepal can afford to miss them. The special notes the compiler has added to the work will be of immense utility to such people.

The work is chronologically documented, comprehensive in scope and illuminating as regards the meaning of the content and the picture emerging. This is the latest attempt at compiling and editing of inscriptional source materials of the history of a small but beautiful and proud country.

The book is divided into 4 parts: (1) Text of the inscriptions in the Devanagari scrip, (2) English translation, (3) Special notes regarding words and phrases of historical, social, political, cultural and economic importance. And (4) Photographs of all the inscriptions. There will be one more volume exclusively devoted to socio-economic conditions of ancient Nepal under a different designation.

This will be a really valuable addition to the growing volume of literature on subjects concerning Nepal.

About the Author:

The Author Dr. D. R. Ragmi (67) who holds high research degrees like M. Litt., Ph.D., D. Litt. from Indian universities and honorary D. Sc. from the Tashkent University (U.S.S.R.) is the proper authority to produce a book of this kind as he has already to his credit similar two volumes, both corpus of inscriptions, for the entire medieval period (1880-1768), which are received in the scholarly world with high appreciation.

Dr. Regmi is a prolific writer having already produced 6 monumental volumes on the history and culture of Nepal, which have brought him eminence in the field of research.

Besides being a scholar of distinction Dr. Regmi is also a politician of standing and for a long time served his country, firstly, as political sufferer and secondly, in the capacity of Foreign (1954-55) and Home Minister (1955-59). He actively participated in anti-feudal and anti-British struggles since his student days, went to prison for his revolutionary activities and lived an exile's life in India for a decade. Today, he is half in politics and half in scholarship. He cannot renounce politics as he has suffered so much on this account. He could not be obviously out of scholarship because it is so much deeply rooted in his genius as he developed an indigenous taste for it since his school days.

He is a rare combination of vast erudition and life-long dedicated service to his country.

Dr. Regmi has attended several international and regional conferences. He also served as Visiting Professor to some universities in India and abroad.

He is currently engaged in a multiple project writing the third and fourth volumes of 'Modern Nepal, 1814-1980' as well as 'A Historical Survey of Nepalese Art and Architecture'.

 

CONTENTS
Volume One

 

  Preface v
  System of Transliteration xxi
  General Abbreviations xxiii
I The Changu Pillar Inscription 1-6
II Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription of Naravarmma 6
III Lazimpat Trivikrama Image Pedestal Inscription 7
IV Tilaganga Image Inscription 7-8
V Ksema Sundari's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 8
VI Manadeva's Sivalinga Inscription near Budhanilakantha 9
VII Tundaldevi one line Inscription 9
VIII Sivalinga Inscription in the Pasupati area
near the Daksinamurti temple
10
IX Another Pasupati Sivalinga Inscription 10-11
X Tebahal Inscription 11-12
XI Trident Base Inscription of Jayalambha 12-13
XII Chabahil stele 13-14
XIII Gunavati's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 14
XIV Palanchok Stele 14-15
XV Inscription of Keltol (Kathmandu) 15
XVI The Swayambhunatha Inscription 15-17
XVII Effigy base Inscription of Changu 17
XVIII Suryaghat Sivalinga Inscription 18
XIX Inscription on the platform of Chandesvara 19
XX Adinarayana (Thankot) Inscription 19-20
XXI Tistung Stele 21
XXII Bahalukha, Trilingesvara Inscription 21-22
XXIII Jaisideval (Kathmandu) Stele 22-24
XXIV Sitapaila stone Inscription 24
XXV Kisipidi Inscription of S. 449 25
XXVI Khapinche (Patan) Inscription 25-26
XXVII Satyanarayana (Harigaon, Kathmandu) Inscription 26-30
XXVIII The Aryaghat Mandala Inscription 30
XXIX Chowkitar (Kathmandu district) Inscription 30-31
XXX Bhasmesvara area Sivalinga Inscription 32
XXXI Narke Mahadeva Sivalinga Inscription 32
XXXII Sankhu (Kathmandu district) Inscription 33
XXXIII Abhiri Gomini's Sivalinga Inscription at Pasupati 33-34
XXXIV Sivalinga Inscription across Aryaghat
bridge in the Pasupati area
34
XXXV Lagantol (Kathmandu) Avalokitesvara
Image base Inscription
34-35
XXXVI Bharavi's stele of Harigaon (Kathmandu district) 35
XXXVII Pharping, Kochhntol Stele 35-36
XXXVIII Chowkitar Stele II 36-37
XXXIX Luku Mahadeva Slab in Balambu 38
XL Hitiga stone of Balambu 39
XLI Kisipidi stone of S. 482 39-40
XLII Kulachchentol Inscription of Kisipidi 40-41
XLIII Deonani quarter Inscription of Satungal 41-42
XLIV Inscription of Sheraphant (Noakot) Valley 42-43
XLV Harihara Image Pedestal Inscription of
the Pasupati area
43-44
XLVI Tchapaligaon Stele 44-45
XLVII Mangal Bazar (Patan) Water conduct Inscription 45-46
XLVIII Inscription of Sikubahi (Patan) near Sankhamul 46-47
XLIX Visnupaduka Hill stele near Budhanilakantha 47-48
L Inscription of Chapagaon 48-49
LI Chyasaltol (Patan) Stele 49-50
LII Kumhaletol (Bhadgaon) Stele 50-51
LIII A stele in front of the Changu Temple door (west) 51-52
LIV Bhimsen Temple (Patan) Inscription 53-54
LV Banepa Stele 54-55
LVI Golmadhitol (Bhadgaon) 55-56
LVII Tulachhentol (Bhadgaon) 56-57
LVIII Dharamthali Stele 58
LIX Budhanilakantha Stele 59
LX Inscription of Satungal 60-61
LXI Inscription of Tokha 61-62
LXII Inscription of Dharampur 63-64
LXIII Inscription Khopasi 64-65
LXIV Inscription Dhapasi 65-66
LXV Inscription of Lele 66-67
LXVI Lagantol-Jaisideval Inscription 67-69
LXVII Nabahil (Patan) Inscription 67-69
LXVIII Bungmati Inscription 70-71
LXIX Harigaon Inscription (I) of Amsuvarma 71-72
LXX Inscription of Bhatuwal 73-74
LXXI Tistung Stele II 74-75
LXXII Inscription of Inayatol, Bhadgaon 75
LXXIII Changu Narayana Image Kavacha (coat of
arms) Inscription
75-76
LXXIV Amsuvarma's Harigaon (Kathmandu)
Inscription II
76-77
LXXV Sanga Inscription 77-78
LXXVI Sundhara (Patan) stele 78-79
LXXVII Taukhel stele 79-80
LXXVIII Otutol (Kathmandu) Inscription 80-81
LXXIX Gairidhara (Kathmandu) Inscription 81-82
LXXX A Stele at the cross road near Western
gate of Pasupati Temple precincts
82-83
LXXXI Inscription of Kisipidi 83-84
LXXXII Bankali Image Pedestal Inscription 84
LXXXIII Fragment of a stele in Pharping 84-85
LXXXIV Another Fragment of a stele in Pharping 85
LXXXV Degutale Platform slab (Darbar Square, Kathmandu) 85
LXXXVI Inscription of Gokarna area across the river Bagmagi 85-86
LXXXVII Inscription of Dumja 86
LXXXVIII Ancient Water Tank Inscription 87
LXXXIX Harigaon Brich Inscription 87
XC Chapatol Ilananhi (Patan) Buddha Image
Pedestal Inscription
88
XCI Inscription on a Chaitya in a courtyard near
Guita bahi by the side of the Main Road
89
XCII Bhimsen Temple Stele 89-90
XCIII Inscription of Bhogyananhi tol (patan) 90
XCIV Thimi Inscription I 91
XCV Naksal (Kathmandu) Visnu Image Pedestal Inscription 91-92
XCVI Chitlang Stele of Udayadeva 92-93
XCVII Tavajhya (Chhinnamastika) Inscription 93-94
XCVIII Malitar Inscription 95
XCIX Bhairavadhoka Stele near a wall 95-96
C Adesvara Sivalinga Inscription 97-98
CI Kevalpur Inscription 98-99
CII Balambu Dhakasitol Inscription 99-100
CIII Yangahiti (Kathmandu) Inscription 100-101
CIV Chandesvara Pillar Inscription 101-102
CV Chandesvara Pedestal Inscription 102-103
CVI Thankot Inscription 103-104
CVII Maligaon Inscription 105-106
CVIII Yangahiti Inscription of Bhimarajanadeva
and Visnugupta
106-108
CIX Bhrngaresvara Temple Inscription 108-109
CX Changu Temple Slab of Stone 109-110
CXI Tebahal wall slab 110
CXII A seat at Dhumvarahi 111
CXIII Another Seal at Dhumvarahi 111
CXIV Chobar Inscription 111-112
CXV Yampibahi water conduit Inscription 112
CXVI A slab in a courtyard called Lunjhya
in the Royal Palace at Patan
112-114
CXVII Yangahiti Inscription of Narendradeva 114-116
CXVIII Deopatan Inscription 116
CXIX Kasaintol (Deopatan) Inscription 117-118
CXX Naksal Road water conduit Inscription 118-119
CXXI Gairidhara Inscription (Patan) 119-120
CXXII Inscription of Anantalingesvara area 121-122
CXXIII Bhairavanath temple stone (Bhadgaon) 122-123
CXXIV Vatuku Bhairava (Patan) Temple stone 123
CXXV Balambu Vihara stone 124
CXXVI Chyasaltol (Patan) Slab of stone 124-125
CXXVII Yanamugal or Yangavahi stone 126-128
CXXVIII Vajraghar slab of stone 128-130
CXXIX Sankhu slab of stone 130-131
CXXX Chikandeo pedestal Inscription 131
CXXXI Nala water conduit Inscription 131-132
CXXXII Lagantol Inscription (lost) 132-133
CXXXIII Sonagothi or Bhringaresvara slab of stone 133-134
CXXXIV Inscription of Gorkha 135-136
CXXXV Thimi Inscription (II) 136-137
CXXXVI Balambu Inscription of Sivadeva 137-140
CXXXVII Narayanachaur, Naksal 140
CXXXVIII Inscription of Musumbahal 141
CXXXIX Chyasaltol (Patan) 141-142
CXL Minanath Water conduit 142-144
CXLI Jaisideval Water conduit 144
CXLII Pasupati Stele of Jayadeva II 144-148
CXLIII Naksal Narayanachaur (II) 148-155
CXLIV Inscription of Jnanesvara 155-156
CXLV Tangahiti 156-157
CXLVI Kumbhesvara 157
CXLVII Varahi Image in the Mahabauddhatol in
Kathmandu
157-158
CXLVIII Patan Adalat (Court of Justice) Water Conduit 158
CXLIX Inscription of Bungmati 159
CL Ganabahal (Kathmandu) 159
CLI Dhvakabaha Image 159
CLII Unknown Site, Patan 159
CLIII Bhogvananhitol 160
CLIV Unknown site (Patan) 160
CLV Tanabaha (Makhantol, Kathmandu) 160
CLVI Lokesvara Pedestal in Yangubahi 161
CLVII Subahal Stone 161
CLVIII Royal Palace (Kathmandu), Nasalchok 161
CLIX Lubhu-Motitar 162
CLX Changu Gate Stone 162
CLXI Sahottaratantra Colophon 162-163
CLXII Bhuvanesvara (Pasupati) 163
CLXIII A small slab, Pasupati area 163
CLXIV Palanchok 164
Appendix I Lumbini Pillar Inscription of Asoka 165
Appendix II Asoka's Niglihava Pillar Inscription 165-166
Appendix III Musumbahal 166
Appendix IV Sitapaila Rock 166
Bibliography 167
Index 169
Corrigenda and Addenda 187

 

CONTENTS
Volume Two

 

  Preface v
  System of Transliteration xxi
  General Abbreviations xxiii
I The Changu Pillar Inscription 1-4
II Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription of Naravarmma 4
III Lazimpat Trivikrama Image Pedestal Inscription 4
IV Tilaganga Image Inscription 5-6
V Ksema Sundari's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 6
VI Manadeva's Sivalinga Inscription near Budhanilakantha 6
VII Tundaldevi one line Inscription 6
VIII Sivalinga Inscription in the Pasupati area
near the Daksinamurti temple
6-7
IX Another Pasupati Sivalinga Inscription 7
X Tebahal Inscription 7-8
XI Trident Base Inscription of Jayalambha 8
XII Chabahil stele 8
XIII Gunavati's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 9
XIV Palanchok Stele 9
XV Inscription of Keltol (Kathmandu) 9
XVI The Swayambhunatha Inscription 9-10
XVII Effigy base Inscription of Changu 10
XVIII Suryaghat Sivalinga Inscription 10-11
XIX Inscription on the platform of Chandesvara 11-12
XX Adinarayana (Thankot) Inscription 12-13
XXI Tistung Stele 13-14
XXII Bahalukha, Trilingesvara Inscription 14
XXIII Jaisideval (Kathmandu) Stele 14
XXIV Sitapaila stone Inscription 15
XXV Kisipidi Inscription of S. 449 15
XXVI Khapinche (Patan) Inscription 15-16
XXVII Satyanarayana (Harigaon, Kathmandu) Inscription 16-20
XXVIII The Aryaghat Mandala Inscription 20
XXIX Chowkitar (Kathmandu district) Inscription 20-21
XXX Bhasmesvara area Sivalinga Inscription 21
XXXI Narke Mahadeva Sivalinga Inscription 21-22
XXXII Sankhu (Kathmandu district) Inscription 22
XXXIII Abhiri Gomini's Sivalinga Inscription at Pasupati 23
XXXIV Sivalinga Inscription across Aryaghat
bridge in the Pasupati area
23
XXXV Lagantol (Kathmandu) Avalokitesvara
Image base Inscription
23
XXXVI Bharavi's stele of Harigaon (Kathmandu district) 23
XXXVII Pharping, Kochhntol Stele 24
XXXVIII Chowkitar Stele II 24
XXXIX Luku Mahadeva Slab in Balambu 25
XL Hitiga stone of Balambu 25
XLI Kisipidi stone of S. 482 25
XLII Kulachchentol Inscription of Kisipidi 25
XLIII Deonani quarter Inscription of Satungal 25
XLIV Inscription of Sheraphant (Noakot) Valley 25
XLV Harihara Image Pedestal Inscription of
the Pasupati area
25-26
XLVI Tchapaligaon Stele 26-27
XLVII Mangal Bazar (Patan) Water conduct Inscription 27
XLVIII Inscription of Sikubahi (Patan) near Sankhamul 27-28
XLIX Visnupaduka Hill stele near Budhanilakantha 28
L Inscription of Chapagaon 29
LI Chyasaltol (Patan) Stele 29
LII Kumhaletol (Bhadgaon) Stele 30
LIII A stele in front of the Changu Temple door (west) 30-31
LIV Bhimsen Temple (Patan) Inscription 31-32
LV Banepa Stele 32-33
LVI Golmadhitol (Bhadgaon) 33
LVII Tulachhentol (Bhadgaon) 33-34
LVIII Dharamthali Stele 34-35
LIX Budhanilakantha Stele 35-36
LX Inscription of Satungal 36-37
LXI Inscription of Tokha 37
LXII Inscription of Dharampur 37-38
LXIII Inscription Khopasi 38-39
LXIV Inscription Dhapasi 39
LXV Inscription of Lele 40-41
LXVI Lagantol-Jaisideval Inscription 41-42
LXVII Nabahil (Patan) Inscription 42
LXVIII Bungmati Inscription 43
LXIX Harigaon Inscription (I) of Amsuvarma 43-44
LXX Inscription of Bhatuwal 44-45
LXXI Tistung Stele II 45
LXXII Inscription of Inayatol, Bhadgaon 46
LXXIII Changu Narayana Image Kavacha (coat of
arms) Inscription
46
LXXIV Amsuvarma's Harigaon (Kathmandu)
Inscription II
46-47
LXXV Sanga Inscription 47-48
LXXVI Sundhara (Patan) stele 48-49
LXXVII Taukhel stele 49
LXXVIII Otutol (Kathmandu) Inscription 49-50
LXXIX Gairidhara (Kathmandu) Inscription 50
LXXX A Stele at the cross road near Western
gate of Pasupati Temple precincts
50-51
LXXXI Inscription of Kisipidi 51
LXXXII Bankali Image Pedestal Inscription 51-52
LXXXIII Fragment of a stele in Pharping 52
LXXXIV Another Fragment of a stele in Pharping 52
LXXXV Degutale Platform slab (Darbar Square, Kathmandu) 53
LXXXVI Inscription of Gokarna area across the river Bagmagi 53
LXXXVII Inscription of Dumja 53
LXXXVIII Ancient Water Tank Inscription 53
LXXXIX Harigaon Brich Inscription 54
XC Chapatol Ilananhi (Patan) Buddha Image
Pedestal Inscription
54
XCI Inscription on a Chaitya in a courtyard near
Guita bahi by the side of the Main Road
54-55
XCII Bhimsen Temple Stele 55
XCIII Inscription of Bhogyananhi tol (patan) 55
XCIV Thimi Inscription I 55
XCV Naksal (Kathmandu) Visnu Image Pedestal Inscription 55-56
XCVI Chitlang Stele of Udayadeva 56
XCVII Tavajhya (Chhinnamastika) Inscription 56-57
XCVIII Malitar Inscription 57-58
XCIX Bhairavadhoka Stele near a wall 58-59
C Adesvara Sivalinga Inscription 60
CI Kevalpur Inscription 60
CII Balambu Dhakasitol Inscription 60-61
CIII Yangahiti (Kathmandu) Inscription 61-62
CIV Chandesvara Pillar Inscription 62-63
CV Chandesvara Pedestal Inscription 63
CVI Thankot Inscription 63-64
CVII Maligaon Inscription 64-65
CVIII Yangahiti Inscription of Bhimarajanadeva
and Visnugupta
65-66
CIX Bhrngaresvara Temple Inscription 66-67
CX Changu Temple Slab of Stone 67-68
CXI Tebahal wall slab 68
CXII A seat at Dhumvarahi 68
CXIII Another Seal at Dhumvarahi 68
CXIV Chobar Inscription 69
CXV Yampibahi water conduit Inscription 69
CXVI A slab in a courtyard called Lunjhya
in the Royal Palace at Patan
69-70
CXVII Yangahiti Inscription of Narendradeva 70-71
CXVIII Deopatan Inscription 71-72
CXIX Kasaintol (Deopatan) Inscription 72-73
CXX Naksal Road water conduit Inscription 73
CXXI Gairidhara Inscription (Patan) 74
CXXII Inscription of Anantalingesvara area 75-76
CXXIII Bhairavanath temple stone (Bhadgaon) 76
CXXIV Vatuku Bhairava (Patan) Temple stone 76-77
CXXV Balambu Vihara stone 77
CXXVI Chyasaltol (Patan) Slab of stone 77-78
CXXVII Yanamugal or Yangavahi stone 78-80
CXXVIII Vajraghar slab of stone 80-81
CXXIX Sankhu slab of stone 81
CXXX Chikandeo pedestal Inscription 82
CXXXI Nala water conduit Inscription 82
CXXXII Lagantol Inscription (lost) 82-83
CXXXIII Sonagothi or Bhringaresvara slab of stone 83-84
CXXXIV Inscription of Gorkha 84-85
CXXXV Thimi Inscription (II) 85-86
CXXXVI Balambu Inscription of Sivadeva 86-87
CXXXVII Narayanachaur, Naksal 88
CXXXVIII Inscription of Musumbahal 88
CXXXIX Chyasaltol (Patan) 88-89
CXL Minanath Water conduit 89-90
CXLI Jaisideval Water conduit 90
CXLII Pasupati Stele of Jayadeva II 90-96
CXLIII Naksal Narayanachaur (II) 99-100
CXLIV Inscription of Jnanesvara 100
CXLV Tangahiti 100
CXLVI Kumbhesvara 101
CXLVII Varahi Image in the Mahabauddhatol in
Kathmandu
101
CXLVIII Patan Adalat (Court of Justice) Water Conduit 101
CXLIX Inscription of Bungmati 101
CL Ganabahal (Kathmandu) 102
CLI Dhvakabaha Image 102
CLII Unknown Site, Patan 102
CLIII Bhogvananhitol 102
CLIV Unknown site (Patan) 102
CLV Tanabaha (Makhantol, Kathmandu) 102-103
CLVI Lokesvara Pedestal in Yangubahi 103
CLVII Subahal Stone 103
CLVIII Royal Palace (Kathmandu), Nasalchok 103
CLIX Lubhu-Motitar 103
CLX Changu Gate Stone 103-104
CLXI Sahottaratantra Colophon 104
  Appendices 105
  Bibliography 109
  Index 111

 

CONTENTS
Volume Three

 

Preface v
System of Transliteration xiii
General Abbreviations xv
Introduction 1
Part I-Manadeva I to Sivadeva I 9
Part II-The Age of Amsuvarma: Most Prominent Ruler 127
Part III-Lichchhavi Udayadeva's Short-lived Reign 165
Part IV-Powerful Regents and Puppet Kings 169
Part V-Restoration of the Lichchhavis to Power: Narendradeva to Jayadeva 201
Part VI-Miscellaneous Aspects of Socio-Economic Conditions and the Eras 253
Appendices V-IX 273
Bibliography 275
Addenda 276
Index 277

 

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Nepal attracts people as a land of natural beauty, its hills and valleys, high snow capped peaks and its living temples and images sculptured on stones and woods with a high degree of artistic excellence displayed in the most inimitable style and existing since early centuries of the era. It is a country where lies the tallest mountains peak of the world and where lies the land where the great Buddha was born. It is a land of hoary antiquity and glorious past.

In the present volume the main task is to bring out in detail the epigraphic sources of the ancient period and we have tried to collect as many inscriptions as could be available to us in the present work. The volume in hand includes even those materials which have been traced up to date. Their number has gone to more than 170.

Actually speaking the inscriptions are the only source materials for the writing of the history of Nepal which is fascinating. Engraved on slabs of stones or pillars or pedestals of images or terracottas in late Brahmi script through Sanskrit medium they throw a flood of light on the cultural, political and economic aspects of life in ancient Nepal so that a complete history can be constructed on sure and secure foundation.

If epigraphy alone has come to our aid in history writing we should say that it is more true of Nepal of the ancient time. But that does not mean that we can ignore extant Indian, Chinese and Tibetan sources. Nor we can underrate the utility of Indian Smrti texts which provide a lot of information on subjects of socio-economic importance. However, the information is much limited and we are unable to give a total and complete structure of the situation.

A thorough scrutiny of the lines inscribed is made to give the records a correct reading as far as possible. Errors of reading so far made have been checked and corrected and corrections have continued till the lat so that the matter presented comes precisely in the right shape as far as possible. The value of the collection is enhanced because of the photographs of all the inscriptions through which the scholars can read for themselves the exact version of the text inscriptions and judge for themselves if my reading could be accepted as correct.

We have also the English translation of all the texts of inscriptions and it will surely help all those people who are not conversant with all Sanskrit to have thorough understanding of the contents of the texts incorporated in the volume. The notes which are separately published will enable the readers to understand and grasp the real purpose of all these expressions which might appear hard to follow in view of the context peculiar to the country they belong to. This is also the first time an English translation of the Inscription of Ancient Nepal has appeared.

There are many words which only a scholar of Nepalese history can understand and no one interested in Nepal can afford to miss them. The special notes the compiler has added to the work will be of immense utility to such people.

The work is chronologically documented, comprehensive in scope and illuminating as regards the meaning of the content and the picture emerging. This is the latest attempt at compiling and editing of inscriptional source materials of the history of a small but beautiful and proud country.

The book is divided into 4 parts: (1) Text of the inscriptions in the Devanagari scrip, (2) English translation, (3) Special notes regarding words and phrases of historical, social, political, cultural and economic importance. And (4) Photographs of all the inscriptions. There will be one more volume exclusively devoted to socio-economic conditions of ancient Nepal under a different designation.

This will be a really valuable addition to the growing volume of literature on subjects concerning Nepal.

About the Author:

The Author Dr. D. R. Ragmi (67) who holds high research degrees like M. Litt., Ph.D., D. Litt. from Indian universities and honorary D. Sc. from the Tashkent University (U.S.S.R.) is the proper authority to produce a book of this kind as he has already to his credit similar two volumes, both corpus of inscriptions, for the entire medieval period (1880-1768), which are received in the scholarly world with high appreciation.

Dr. Regmi is a prolific writer having already produced 6 monumental volumes on the history and culture of Nepal, which have brought him eminence in the field of research.

Besides being a scholar of distinction Dr. Regmi is also a politician of standing and for a long time served his country, firstly, as political sufferer and secondly, in the capacity of Foreign (1954-55) and Home Minister (1955-59). He actively participated in anti-feudal and anti-British struggles since his student days, went to prison for his revolutionary activities and lived an exile's life in India for a decade. Today, he is half in politics and half in scholarship. He cannot renounce politics as he has suffered so much on this account. He could not be obviously out of scholarship because it is so much deeply rooted in his genius as he developed an indigenous taste for it since his school days.

He is a rare combination of vast erudition and life-long dedicated service to his country.

Dr. Regmi has attended several international and regional conferences. He also served as Visiting Professor to some universities in India and abroad.

He is currently engaged in a multiple project writing the third and fourth volumes of 'Modern Nepal, 1814-1980' as well as 'A Historical Survey of Nepalese Art and Architecture'.

 

CONTENTS
Volume One

 

  Preface v
  System of Transliteration xxi
  General Abbreviations xxiii
I The Changu Pillar Inscription 1-6
II Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription of Naravarmma 6
III Lazimpat Trivikrama Image Pedestal Inscription 7
IV Tilaganga Image Inscription 7-8
V Ksema Sundari's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 8
VI Manadeva's Sivalinga Inscription near Budhanilakantha 9
VII Tundaldevi one line Inscription 9
VIII Sivalinga Inscription in the Pasupati area
near the Daksinamurti temple
10
IX Another Pasupati Sivalinga Inscription 10-11
X Tebahal Inscription 11-12
XI Trident Base Inscription of Jayalambha 12-13
XII Chabahil stele 13-14
XIII Gunavati's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 14
XIV Palanchok Stele 14-15
XV Inscription of Keltol (Kathmandu) 15
XVI The Swayambhunatha Inscription 15-17
XVII Effigy base Inscription of Changu 17
XVIII Suryaghat Sivalinga Inscription 18
XIX Inscription on the platform of Chandesvara 19
XX Adinarayana (Thankot) Inscription 19-20
XXI Tistung Stele 21
XXII Bahalukha, Trilingesvara Inscription 21-22
XXIII Jaisideval (Kathmandu) Stele 22-24
XXIV Sitapaila stone Inscription 24
XXV Kisipidi Inscription of S. 449 25
XXVI Khapinche (Patan) Inscription 25-26
XXVII Satyanarayana (Harigaon, Kathmandu) Inscription 26-30
XXVIII The Aryaghat Mandala Inscription 30
XXIX Chowkitar (Kathmandu district) Inscription 30-31
XXX Bhasmesvara area Sivalinga Inscription 32
XXXI Narke Mahadeva Sivalinga Inscription 32
XXXII Sankhu (Kathmandu district) Inscription 33
XXXIII Abhiri Gomini's Sivalinga Inscription at Pasupati 33-34
XXXIV Sivalinga Inscription across Aryaghat
bridge in the Pasupati area
34
XXXV Lagantol (Kathmandu) Avalokitesvara
Image base Inscription
34-35
XXXVI Bharavi's stele of Harigaon (Kathmandu district) 35
XXXVII Pharping, Kochhntol Stele 35-36
XXXVIII Chowkitar Stele II 36-37
XXXIX Luku Mahadeva Slab in Balambu 38
XL Hitiga stone of Balambu 39
XLI Kisipidi stone of S. 482 39-40
XLII Kulachchentol Inscription of Kisipidi 40-41
XLIII Deonani quarter Inscription of Satungal 41-42
XLIV Inscription of Sheraphant (Noakot) Valley 42-43
XLV Harihara Image Pedestal Inscription of
the Pasupati area
43-44
XLVI Tchapaligaon Stele 44-45
XLVII Mangal Bazar (Patan) Water conduct Inscription 45-46
XLVIII Inscription of Sikubahi (Patan) near Sankhamul 46-47
XLIX Visnupaduka Hill stele near Budhanilakantha 47-48
L Inscription of Chapagaon 48-49
LI Chyasaltol (Patan) Stele 49-50
LII Kumhaletol (Bhadgaon) Stele 50-51
LIII A stele in front of the Changu Temple door (west) 51-52
LIV Bhimsen Temple (Patan) Inscription 53-54
LV Banepa Stele 54-55
LVI Golmadhitol (Bhadgaon) 55-56
LVII Tulachhentol (Bhadgaon) 56-57
LVIII Dharamthali Stele 58
LIX Budhanilakantha Stele 59
LX Inscription of Satungal 60-61
LXI Inscription of Tokha 61-62
LXII Inscription of Dharampur 63-64
LXIII Inscription Khopasi 64-65
LXIV Inscription Dhapasi 65-66
LXV Inscription of Lele 66-67
LXVI Lagantol-Jaisideval Inscription 67-69
LXVII Nabahil (Patan) Inscription 67-69
LXVIII Bungmati Inscription 70-71
LXIX Harigaon Inscription (I) of Amsuvarma 71-72
LXX Inscription of Bhatuwal 73-74
LXXI Tistung Stele II 74-75
LXXII Inscription of Inayatol, Bhadgaon 75
LXXIII Changu Narayana Image Kavacha (coat of
arms) Inscription
75-76
LXXIV Amsuvarma's Harigaon (Kathmandu)
Inscription II
76-77
LXXV Sanga Inscription 77-78
LXXVI Sundhara (Patan) stele 78-79
LXXVII Taukhel stele 79-80
LXXVIII Otutol (Kathmandu) Inscription 80-81
LXXIX Gairidhara (Kathmandu) Inscription 81-82
LXXX A Stele at the cross road near Western
gate of Pasupati Temple precincts
82-83
LXXXI Inscription of Kisipidi 83-84
LXXXII Bankali Image Pedestal Inscription 84
LXXXIII Fragment of a stele in Pharping 84-85
LXXXIV Another Fragment of a stele in Pharping 85
LXXXV Degutale Platform slab (Darbar Square, Kathmandu) 85
LXXXVI Inscription of Gokarna area across the river Bagmagi 85-86
LXXXVII Inscription of Dumja 86
LXXXVIII Ancient Water Tank Inscription 87
LXXXIX Harigaon Brich Inscription 87
XC Chapatol Ilananhi (Patan) Buddha Image
Pedestal Inscription
88
XCI Inscription on a Chaitya in a courtyard near
Guita bahi by the side of the Main Road
89
XCII Bhimsen Temple Stele 89-90
XCIII Inscription of Bhogyananhi tol (patan) 90
XCIV Thimi Inscription I 91
XCV Naksal (Kathmandu) Visnu Image Pedestal Inscription 91-92
XCVI Chitlang Stele of Udayadeva 92-93
XCVII Tavajhya (Chhinnamastika) Inscription 93-94
XCVIII Malitar Inscription 95
XCIX Bhairavadhoka Stele near a wall 95-96
C Adesvara Sivalinga Inscription 97-98
CI Kevalpur Inscription 98-99
CII Balambu Dhakasitol Inscription 99-100
CIII Yangahiti (Kathmandu) Inscription 100-101
CIV Chandesvara Pillar Inscription 101-102
CV Chandesvara Pedestal Inscription 102-103
CVI Thankot Inscription 103-104
CVII Maligaon Inscription 105-106
CVIII Yangahiti Inscription of Bhimarajanadeva
and Visnugupta
106-108
CIX Bhrngaresvara Temple Inscription 108-109
CX Changu Temple Slab of Stone 109-110
CXI Tebahal wall slab 110
CXII A seat at Dhumvarahi 111
CXIII Another Seal at Dhumvarahi 111
CXIV Chobar Inscription 111-112
CXV Yampibahi water conduit Inscription 112
CXVI A slab in a courtyard called Lunjhya
in the Royal Palace at Patan
112-114
CXVII Yangahiti Inscription of Narendradeva 114-116
CXVIII Deopatan Inscription 116
CXIX Kasaintol (Deopatan) Inscription 117-118
CXX Naksal Road water conduit Inscription 118-119
CXXI Gairidhara Inscription (Patan) 119-120
CXXII Inscription of Anantalingesvara area 121-122
CXXIII Bhairavanath temple stone (Bhadgaon) 122-123
CXXIV Vatuku Bhairava (Patan) Temple stone 123
CXXV Balambu Vihara stone 124
CXXVI Chyasaltol (Patan) Slab of stone 124-125
CXXVII Yanamugal or Yangavahi stone 126-128
CXXVIII Vajraghar slab of stone 128-130
CXXIX Sankhu slab of stone 130-131
CXXX Chikandeo pedestal Inscription 131
CXXXI Nala water conduit Inscription 131-132
CXXXII Lagantol Inscription (lost) 132-133
CXXXIII Sonagothi or Bhringaresvara slab of stone 133-134
CXXXIV Inscription of Gorkha 135-136
CXXXV Thimi Inscription (II) 136-137
CXXXVI Balambu Inscription of Sivadeva 137-140
CXXXVII Narayanachaur, Naksal 140
CXXXVIII Inscription of Musumbahal 141
CXXXIX Chyasaltol (Patan) 141-142
CXL Minanath Water conduit 142-144
CXLI Jaisideval Water conduit 144
CXLII Pasupati Stele of Jayadeva II 144-148
CXLIII Naksal Narayanachaur (II) 148-155
CXLIV Inscription of Jnanesvara 155-156
CXLV Tangahiti 156-157
CXLVI Kumbhesvara 157
CXLVII Varahi Image in the Mahabauddhatol in
Kathmandu
157-158
CXLVIII Patan Adalat (Court of Justice) Water Conduit 158
CXLIX Inscription of Bungmati 159
CL Ganabahal (Kathmandu) 159
CLI Dhvakabaha Image 159
CLII Unknown Site, Patan 159
CLIII Bhogvananhitol 160
CLIV Unknown site (Patan) 160
CLV Tanabaha (Makhantol, Kathmandu) 160
CLVI Lokesvara Pedestal in Yangubahi 161
CLVII Subahal Stone 161
CLVIII Royal Palace (Kathmandu), Nasalchok 161
CLIX Lubhu-Motitar 162
CLX Changu Gate Stone 162
CLXI Sahottaratantra Colophon 162-163
CLXII Bhuvanesvara (Pasupati) 163
CLXIII A small slab, Pasupati area 163
CLXIV Palanchok 164
Appendix I Lumbini Pillar Inscription of Asoka 165
Appendix II Asoka's Niglihava Pillar Inscription 165-166
Appendix III Musumbahal 166
Appendix IV Sitapaila Rock 166
Bibliography 167
Index 169
Corrigenda and Addenda 187

 

CONTENTS
Volume Two

 

  Preface v
  System of Transliteration xxi
  General Abbreviations xxiii
I The Changu Pillar Inscription 1-4
II Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription of Naravarmma 4
III Lazimpat Trivikrama Image Pedestal Inscription 4
IV Tilaganga Image Inscription 5-6
V Ksema Sundari's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 6
VI Manadeva's Sivalinga Inscription near Budhanilakantha 6
VII Tundaldevi one line Inscription 6
VIII Sivalinga Inscription in the Pasupati area
near the Daksinamurti temple
6-7
IX Another Pasupati Sivalinga Inscription 7
X Tebahal Inscription 7-8
XI Trident Base Inscription of Jayalambha 8
XII Chabahil stele 8
XIII Gunavati's Lazimpat Sivalinga Inscription 9
XIV Palanchok Stele 9
XV Inscription of Keltol (Kathmandu) 9
XVI The Swayambhunatha Inscription 9-10
XVII Effigy base Inscription of Changu 10
XVIII Suryaghat Sivalinga Inscription 10-11
XIX Inscription on the platform of Chandesvara 11-12
XX Adinarayana (Thankot) Inscription 12-13
XXI Tistung Stele 13-14
XXII Bahalukha, Trilingesvara Inscription 14
XXIII Jaisideval (Kathmandu) Stele 14
XXIV Sitapaila stone Inscription 15
XXV Kisipidi Inscription of S. 449 15
XXVI Khapinche (Patan) Inscription 15-16
XXVII Satyanarayana (Harigaon, Kathmandu) Inscription 16-20
XXVIII The Aryaghat Mandala Inscription 20
XXIX Chowkitar (Kathmandu district) Inscription 20-21
XXX Bhasmesvara area Sivalinga Inscription 21
XXXI Narke Mahadeva Sivalinga Inscription 21-22
XXXII Sankhu (Kathmandu district) Inscription 22
XXXIII Abhiri Gomini's Sivalinga Inscription at Pasupati 23
XXXIV Sivalinga Inscription across Aryaghat
bridge in the Pasupati area
23
XXXV Lagantol (Kathmandu) Avalokitesvara
Image base Inscription
23
XXXVI Bharavi's stele of Harigaon (Kathmandu district) 23
XXXVII Pharping, Kochhntol Stele 24
XXXVIII Chowkitar Stele II 24
XXXIX Luku Mahadeva Slab in Balambu 25
XL Hitiga stone of Balambu 25
XLI Kisipidi stone of S. 482 25
XLII Kulachchentol Inscription of Kisipidi 25
XLIII Deonani quarter Inscription of Satungal 25
XLIV Inscription of Sheraphant (Noakot) Valley 25
XLV Harihara Image Pedestal Inscription of
the Pasupati area
25-26
XLVI Tchapaligaon Stele 26-27
XLVII Mangal Bazar (Patan) Water conduct Inscription 27
XLVIII Inscription of Sikubahi (Patan) near Sankhamul 27-28
XLIX Visnupaduka Hill stele near Budhanilakantha 28
L Inscription of Chapagaon 29
LI Chyasaltol (Patan) Stele 29
LII Kumhaletol (Bhadgaon) Stele 30
LIII A stele in front of the Changu Temple door (west) 30-31
LIV Bhimsen Temple (Patan) Inscription 31-32
LV Banepa Stele 32-33
LVI Golmadhitol (Bhadgaon) 33
LVII Tulachhentol (Bhadgaon) 33-34
LVIII Dharamthali Stele 34-35
LIX Budhanilakantha Stele 35-36
LX Inscription of Satungal 36-37
LXI Inscription of Tokha 37
LXII Inscription of Dharampur 37-38
LXIII Inscription Khopasi 38-39
LXIV Inscription Dhapasi 39
LXV Inscription of Lele 40-41
LXVI Lagantol-Jaisideval Inscription 41-42
LXVII Nabahil (Patan) Inscription 42
LXVIII Bungmati Inscription 43
LXIX Harigaon Inscription (I) of Amsuvarma 43-44
LXX Inscription of Bhatuwal 44-45
LXXI Tistung Stele II 45
LXXII Inscription of Inayatol, Bhadgaon 46
LXXIII Changu Narayana Image Kavacha (coat of
arms) Inscription
46
LXXIV Amsuvarma's Harigaon (Kathmandu)
Inscription II
46-47
LXXV Sanga Inscription 47-48
LXXVI Sundhara (Patan) stele 48-49
LXXVII Taukhel stele 49
LXXVIII Otutol (Kathmandu) Inscription 49-50
LXXIX Gairidhara (Kathmandu) Inscription 50
LXXX A Stele at the cross road near Western
gate of Pasupati Temple precincts
50-51
LXXXI Inscription of Kisipidi 51
LXXXII Bankali Image Pedestal Inscription 51-52
LXXXIII Fragment of a stele in Pharping 52
LXXXIV Another Fragment of a stele in Pharping 52
LXXXV Degutale Platform slab (Darbar Square, Kathmandu) 53
LXXXVI Inscription of Gokarna area across the river Bagmagi 53
LXXXVII Inscription of Dumja 53
LXXXVIII Ancient Water Tank Inscription 53
LXXXIX Harigaon Brich Inscription 54
XC Chapatol Ilananhi (Patan) Buddha Image
Pedestal Inscription
54
XCI Inscription on a Chaitya in a courtyard near
Guita bahi by the side of the Main Road
54-55
XCII Bhimsen Temple Stele 55
XCIII Inscription of Bhogyananhi tol (patan) 55
XCIV Thimi Inscription I 55
XCV Naksal (Kathmandu) Visnu Image Pedestal Inscription 55-56
XCVI Chitlang Stele of Udayadeva 56
XCVII Tavajhya (Chhinnamastika) Inscription 56-57
XCVIII Malitar Inscription 57-58
XCIX Bhairavadhoka Stele near a wall 58-59
C Adesvara Sivalinga Inscription 60
CI Kevalpur Inscription 60
CII Balambu Dhakasitol Inscription 60-61
CIII Yangahiti (Kathmandu) Inscription 61-62
CIV Chandesvara Pillar Inscription 62-63
CV Chandesvara Pedestal Inscription 63
CVI Thankot Inscription 63-64
CVII Maligaon Inscription 64-65
CVIII Yangahiti Inscription of Bhimarajanadeva
and Visnugupta
65-66
CIX Bhrngaresvara Temple Inscription 66-67
CX Changu Temple Slab of Stone 67-68
CXI Tebahal wall slab 68
CXII A seat at Dhumvarahi 68
CXIII Another Seal at Dhumvarahi 68
CXIV Chobar Inscription 69
CXV Yampibahi water conduit Inscription 69
CXVI A slab in a courtyard called Lunjhya
in the Royal Palace at Patan
69-70
CXVII Yangahiti Inscription of Narendradeva 70-71
CXVIII Deopatan Inscription 71-72
CXIX Kasaintol (Deopatan) Inscription 72-73
CXX Naksal Road water conduit Inscription 73
CXXI Gairidhara Inscription (Patan) 74
CXXII Inscription of Anantalingesvara area 75-76
CXXIII Bhairavanath temple stone (Bhadgaon) 76
CXXIV Vatuku Bhairava (Patan) Temple stone 76-77
CXXV Balambu Vihara stone 77
CXXVI Chyasaltol (Patan) Slab of stone 77-78
CXXVII Yanamugal or Yangavahi stone 78-80
CXXVIII Vajraghar slab of stone 80-81
CXXIX Sankhu slab of stone 81
CXXX Chikandeo pedestal Inscription 82
CXXXI Nala water conduit Inscription 82
CXXXII Lagantol Inscription (lost) 82-83
CXXXIII Sonagothi or Bhringaresvara slab of stone 83-84
CXXXIV Inscription of Gorkha 84-85
CXXXV Thimi Inscription (II) 85-86
CXXXVI Balambu Inscription of Sivadeva 86-87
CXXXVII Narayanachaur, Naksal 88
CXXXVIII Inscription of Musumbahal 88
CXXXIX Chyasaltol (Patan) 88-89
CXL Minanath Water conduit 89-90
CXLI Jaisideval Water conduit 90
CXLII Pasupati Stele of Jayadeva II 90-96
CXLIII Naksal Narayanachaur (II) 99-100
CXLIV Inscription of Jnanesvara 100
CXLV Tangahiti 100
CXLVI Kumbhesvara 101
CXLVII Varahi Image in the Mahabauddhatol in
Kathmandu
101
CXLVIII Patan Adalat (Court of Justice) Water Conduit 101
CXLIX Inscription of Bungmati 101
CL Ganabahal (Kathmandu) 102
CLI Dhvakabaha Image 102
CLII Unknown Site, Patan 102
CLIII Bhogvananhitol 102
CLIV Unknown site (Patan) 102
CLV Tanabaha (Makhantol, Kathmandu) 102-103
CLVI Lokesvara Pedestal in Yangubahi 103
CLVII Subahal Stone 103
CLVIII Royal Palace (Kathmandu), Nasalchok 103
CLIX Lubhu-Motitar 103
CLX Changu Gate Stone 103-104
CLXI Sahottaratantra Colophon 104
  Appendices 105
  Bibliography 109
  Index 111

 

CONTENTS
Volume Three

 

Preface v
System of Transliteration xiii
General Abbreviations xv
Introduction 1
Part I-Manadeva I to Sivadeva I 9
Part II-The Age of Amsuvarma: Most Prominent Ruler 127
Part III-Lichchhavi Udayadeva's Short-lived Reign 165
Part IV-Powerful Regents and Puppet Kings 169
Part V-Restoration of the Lichchhavis to Power: Narendradeva to Jayadeva 201
Part VI-Miscellaneous Aspects of Socio-Economic Conditions and the Eras 253
Appendices V-IX 273
Bibliography 275
Addenda 276
Index 277

 

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