Saturday, January 23, 2021

Devinuwara Pillar Inscription of Parakramabahu VI

The Devinuwara Pillar Inscription of King Parakramabahu VI is presently on the display at the Inscription Gallery of Colombo National Museum, Sri Lanka. 

The slab
The slab is 2 feet 4 inches tall and 1 foot 1.5 inches wide (Ranawella, 2005). The thickness of the stone is 8 inches (Ranawella, 2005). It was discovered from somewhere in Devinuwara and later brought to the present location for conservation. 

The inscription has been engraved on the obverse face as well as on two sides of the pillar. The first side contains 14 lines of writing and the second side has 13 lines (Ranawella, 2005). The third face has 9 lines of writing (Ranawella, 2005)

Content
The script and the language of the inscription are Sinhala of the 15th century A.D. (Ranawella, 2005). It is dated in the 14th regnal year of a king styled Sri Parakramabahu who, according to scholars, is King Parakramabahu VI [(1412-1467 A.D.) Ranawella, 2005]. The purport of the record was to register the grant of a coconut estate to a temple called Nenabhumi Mahavihara by a person named Arutantri (Ranawella, 2005).

References
1)  Ranawella, S. (Ed.), 2005. Sinhala inscriptions in the Colombo National Museum: Spolia Zeylanica. Vol 42. (2005). Department of National Museums, Sri Lanka. pp.102-103.

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