Inscriptions of the Early Pandyas: From C 300 B C to 984 A D

By: K G Krishnan

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The seal presented overleaf was used by the Pandyas on the seals soldered to the rings holding the sets of copper-plate charters issued by them. They show the tiger, the fish and the bow which are really emblems of the Chola, the Pandya and the Chera kings. It does not indicate the position regarding the supremacy of one over the other two, though it is usually interpreted to mean that, if it is also supported by any internal evidence.A legend, not shown here, is used to be written around these figures stating that the edict was issued by one of the three powers. Refer No. 90 verse 28 in text translation and note on p. 97. See also No. 61 in this case where such a statement is made in respect of the Pandyas. "No. 7, Velvikudi plates of Neduncheliyan (line 67 and corresponding translation) refers to the fact of all these symbols of chilai (bow), puli (tiger) and kayal (fish) having been engraved by the Pandyas on the slopes of the Himalayas. "The truth seems to be that the seal was in fact that of the three Tamil kings who are collectively referred to in the Hathigumpha inscription of Kharavela (Ep. Ind., XX, pp. 72 ff.) as a confederacy of Tamil kings, obviously Chera, Chola and Pandya kings. It is possible that the Tamil kings operated as one against all non-Tamil sovereigns

Title: Inscriptions of the Early Pandyas: From C 300 B C to 984 A D

Author Name: K G Krishnan

Categories: India, Social Studies,

Publisher: Northern Book Centre/ICHR: 2002

ISBN: 8172111290

ISBN 13: 9788172111298

Seller ID: 900808

Keywords: Inscriptions of the Early Pandyas: From C 300 B C to 984 A D K G Krishnan