Inscriptions of the Vijaynagara Ruler (Tamil Inscription) — Vol. 1
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edited by Y. Subbarayalu
Head of Department of Indology, French Institute of Pondicherry
Head of Department of Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University
This volume, the fifth in the ICHR series of Vijayanagara inscriptions, is the first part of a two-volume publication and contains 576 Tamil inscriptions of the pre-Krishnadevaraya period. The Vijayanagara Empire (c.1336–1650), the first south Indian state spread over most of the peninsula, except Kerala, has, to its credit a rich corpus of inscriptions in three Dravidian languages – Kannada, Tamil and Telugu – besides those in Sanskrit. These inscriptions provide somewhat richer details than the Kannada and Telugu inscriptions do regarding the socio-economic conditions of the times, establishing the significance of the Tamil area for the Vijayanagara state. Compiled from several standard publications, these inscriptions have been arranged in a chronological order, and the text of each inscription is given in Roman transliteration followed by an abstract in English. The Index provides explanations to most technical terms found in the inscriptions, and, hence, can also be used as a glossary.
‘This compilation is an important tool for the researcher. ICHR and the editors deserve our gratitude for the effort and Primus our appreciation for meticulous copy-editing, layout and elegant production.’
T.K. Venkatasubramanian, Indian Historical Review