Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tamil Pillar Inscription of the reign of Vijayabahu VII, Colombo National Museum

Tamil Pillar Inscription of the reign of Vijayabahu VII, Colombo National Museum
Tamil Pillar Inscription of the reign of Vijayabahu VII is one of Tamil inscriptions in Sri Lanka. It was discovered at a location on the 13th mile post on the Colombo-Kandy road {No further information available regarding the exact location of the inscription. Some sources claim that it was found from the 7th mile post of the Colombo-Kandy road (Pathmanathan, 2005)}. The inscription is now exhibited at the out side passage that leads to the Stone Gallery of the National Museum of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The inscription is engraved on the capital of a stone pillar which could be a pillar that was used to support a hall of a temple. It consists of eight lines and has been written in Tamil language with the Tamil scripts of about late 15th or early 16th centuries AD (Pathmanathan, 2005).

Depending on the palaeographical considerations, this inscription is assigned to the reign of King Vijayabahu VII (1513-1521 AD), the ruler of Kingdom of Kotte. The inscription says that it was recorded in the fourth year of the king, suggesting the written year as 1517 AD. According to S. Pathmanathan who edit this inscription for the first time, this record gives details about the construction of a temple of Kantacuwami (Kandaswami) by a person called Accutan [Kumaran] Nayan (Pathmanathan, 2005).

Tamil Pillar Inscription, reign of Vijayabahu VII

Reign       : Vijayabahu VI (1513 - 1521)
Period      : Late 15th or early 16th centuries AD
Language & Script  : Tamil
Transcript : Sri  vicayavaku  tevarku 3 itanukku
etiravatu vaikaci 20.....>>
Translation : The 20th  (day)  of  Vaikaci ( May-
June), in the year opposite three of his Majesty
Vicayavacu tevar......>>
Citation : Pathmanathan, S. (2005)
Tamil Pillar Inscription of the reign of Vijayabahu VII
References
1) Pathmanathan, S., 2005. Tamil inscriptions in the Colombo National Museum: Spolia Zeylanica. Vol 47. (2010). Department of National Museums, Sri Lanka, pp. 75-78. 

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