Historians Unearth Jain Inscription at Quilashpur Fort

An image of a meditating Jain Tirthankar was found engraved on the stone, along with the inscription

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Ancient Jain inscription
Jain Inscription. Wikimedia
  • Reddy Ratnakar Reddy, local historian, first noticed the inscription on the left wall of the fort, while exploring the prominent historical place of the village
  • According to the reports, the inscription is reportedly four-sided and belongs to either the Kalyani Chalukya dynasty or the Rashtrakuta dynasty
  • Quilashapur possesses historic importance and is also a pivotal tourist spot in the district

Warangal, June 27, 2017: Historians has discovered an ancient Jain inscription in the fort of Quilashapur. The fort is situated at Raghunathapalli in the district of Jangaon. Reddy Ratnakar Reddy, local historian, first noticed the inscription on the left wall of the fort, while exploring the prominent historical place of the village; 15 feet above the ground. An image of a meditating Jain Tirthankar was found engraved on the stone, along with the inscription, the Deccan Chronicle has reported.

Mr Reddy stated, “Stones one foot tall and two feet wide were used for the construction of this wall. During the Kakatiya rule, Jainism was opposed and Shaivism came to prominence. As result, all the Jain temples, basadis, inscriptions etc., were destroyed. Remnants of these temples can still be seen at several places within the perimeter of this village. These remnants were used for the construction of this fort. Along with this inscription, several stones with Jain symbols are also found on the wall,” while talking about the discovery.

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According to the reports, the inscription is reportedly four-sided. It belongs to either the Kalyani Chalukya period or the Rashtrakuta dynasty. Further information can be received only after more research takes place. There is a stone-built Buruju or the watch tower which is 40 feet tall, inside the fort.

Quilashapur possesses historic importance and is also a pivotal tourist spot in the district. Sarvai Papanna led his army against the Mughal rulers from this village during the 18th century, the Deccan Chronicle reports.

Sarvai Papanna, born in 1650, initiated his movement in 1690 and proceeded to capture the Golkonda and Kakatiya forts among several others. He was captured in 1709 by the Mughals and was executed.

Aravind Arya Pakide, Local archaeologist, stated that Sarvai Papanna was mentioned in “A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives” authored by Richard Eaton, the history professor at Cambridge University.

The book was released in 2005. Papanna got a mention also in an unnamed inscription that was discovered at Dhulimitta. Two statues said to be that of Papanna were also found at Dhulimitta.

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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