Sanchi Inscription of Chandragupta II

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Dr Avantika Lal
by Zippymarmalade
published on 01 November 2019

This is the image of an inscription located at the great stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India. It belongs to the year 412-13 CE, in the period of the Gupta Emperor Chandragupta II (c. 375 - c. 414 CE) and mentions his name in the text. He is described as Maharajadhiraja or “Lord of Great Kings”.

The inscription is found on the railing of the main stupa, to the immediate left of the eastern gate. It is written in Sanskrit on the outer side of the top rail in the second row, outside and on the south side of the eastern gateway of the main stupa.

It is a Buddhist inscription and records the grant made by Amrakardava, apparently an officer of Chandragupta II, of a village and a sum of money to the Buddhist Sangha (community of monks and nuns) at the great Buddhist convent (vihara) of Kakanadabota, for the purpose of feeding mendicants and maintaining lamps.

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