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The Hindu : Today's Paper / NATIONAL : Ancient copper plates, gold coins found in Karnataka temple

Today's Paper » NATIONAL
Ancient copper plates, gold coins found in Karnataka temple
T.S. Subramanian

A set of copper-plate charters and a bull emblem engraved on one such plate, issued by Sankama-II of the Kalachurya dynasty in March 1180 CE. On the right is a ‘Ane Gadyana’ variety gold coin. Of the eight such coins discovered, three were issued by Ganga ruler Sivamara-I (regnal years 679-726 CE).— Photos: Sreenivasa Rao/ASI

Archaeological Survey of India makes discovery during restoration work at Pranaveswara temple in Talagunda In a surprising find that may throw more light on the dynasties that ruled Karnataka, two sets of copper-plate charters and eight gold coins have been discovered at Pranaveswara temple at Talagunda in Shirkaripur taluq of Shimoga district by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Bangalore Circle. While the copper plates, datable to the 12{+t}{+h}century CE, belong to the Kalachurya dynasty, the gold coins were issued by the Ganga rulers, who held sway in the State from the 4th century CE to the 12{+t}{+h}century CE. The coins belong to the “Ane Gadyana” variety, portraying elephants on the obverse and floral designs on the reverse. They weigh around four grams each. Ganga ruler Sivamara-I (regnal years 679 CE to 726 CE) issued three of them. The ASI found the bonanza when it laid a trial pit in the south-east corner of the temple’s maha mandapa. The temple’s foundation had sunk and the nature of the soil had to be studied. The result was quite unexpected with the yield of the copper plates and the coins, said Superintending Archaeologist of ASI Bangalore Circle M. Nambirajan. The coins were “beautifully made and typical of the issue of the western Gangas,” he noted. Deputy Superintending Archaeologist T.M. Keshava said, “For the first time, eight gold coins have been found in the interior of Karnataka and they...
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