In NEWS: Mangaluru, an archaeologist discovers an inscription announcing the death of King Kulashekara Alupendra I at Someshwara.

  • Eminent archaeologist T. Murugeshi has discovered a rare inscription connected to the Alupa dynasty of the region during a recent archaeological exploration at Someshwara near Mangaluru.

About Someshwara Inscription

  • The inscription was the first record of the Alupas that announced the death of a king and also mentioned terms related to the Siri cult, such as Siri, Dalya, and Chattara (Chatra).
  • It is very significant in the study of Tuluva history and culture.
  • The inscription has two panels on the top, and in between the two panels, the first line is engraved.
  • The rest of the inscription written below the panels is in Kannada script and the language of 12th-century characters announcing the death of Alupendra I.
  • The human figures shown in the inscription represent Kulashekara Alupendra himself.
  • In the first figure, he is shown standing in tribhanga (tri-bent posture). He holds a sword in his right hand while the left hand rests on a gurani (shield).
  • To the left of this panel, divided by a pillar, the King is again shown in a sitting posture on a mound, resting both his palms on the centre of his legs in dhyana mudra.

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