Tamil inscription from Kakatiya era found in medieval AP port town

A Tamil inscription of the Kakatiya period was found in Motupalli of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh. The 14th century Tamil inscription speaks about the gift of land. Motupalli is an international port of the medieval period. Dr E Siva Nagi Reddy , an archaeologist, said, “It is curious to note that the Kakatiyas also issued inscriptions in Tamil along with Telugu in coastal Andhra and Telangana.”

Siva Nagi Reddy and R Dasaratha Reddy, president, Motupalli Heritage Society, were documenting the dilapidated Kodandaramaswamy temple located on the outskirts of Motupalli. “The inscription is written in Tamil Grandha script, dated to 1st August, 1308 AD pertaining to reign of Kakatiya Pratapa Rudra,” they said. Pratapa Rudra had ruled between1289 and1323 AD.

“The inscription speaks about the gift of land as Tiruvidaiyattam for providing offerings to the god Rajanarayanapperumal in Desi-uyyakondan-pattinam alias Mottuppalli for merit of the king,” said Siva Nagi Reddy. The date and content of the inscription has been confirmed by Dr K Muniratnam Reddy, director, epigraphy branch, Archaeological Survey of India, Mysuru, who deciphered 813 years old Tamil Grandha script and revealed its historical importance.

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