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Vijayanagara-era inscriptions found near Huligi dam in Koppala distt, say officials

By, Bengaluru
May 26, 2024 05:12 AM IST

Historical inscription from Vijayanagara dynasty found near Mudlapura in Koppala taluk, revealing insights into ancient water management and religious practices.

A significant historical inscription dating back to the Vijayanagara dynasty has been unearthed near Mudlapura in Koppala taluk.

Vijayanagara-era inscriptions found near Huligi dam in Koppala distt, say officials
Vijayanagara-era inscriptions found near Huligi dam in Koppala distt, say officials

The discovery, linked to the Huligiyakatti, provides valuable insights into the region’s ancient water management systems and religious practices, said officials close to the development on Friday.

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The find was made during a routine work by the Karnataka irrigation corporation. While conducting operations near the Huligi Dam, communication and documentation expert Mallikarjuna Hospalya informed the state archaeological museums and heritage department about the presence of the inscription.

R Shejeshwara, deputy director of the archaeological department at Hampi, and Manjanayaka from the assistant archaeology department conducted fieldwork at the site. Their efforts led to the discovery of a six-line Kannada inscription, believed to date back to the reign of the Vijayanagara kings.

The inscription was found at the source of the Huligi dam across the Tungabhadra river, said officials. Measuring 14-feet in length and 3-feet in width, the inscriptions surfaced due to reduced water levels in the Tungabhadra river, a result of lower than average rainfall this year.

“The inscription mentions Nagannadannanayaka, a prominent chief under the Vijayanagara kings, who constructed a ford (check dam) across the Tungabhadra river at a place called Kalaur, located northwest of Malinathdeva village,” R Shejeshwara told HT. “This ford, referred to as Huligiyakatti, was part of an ancient canal system. The inscription reveals that water from this canal was directed to Huligi, a renowned religious site.”

The discovery has sparked interest among historians and archaeologists, who see it as a crucial piece of evidence for understanding the region’s past. The inscription not only highlights the advanced engineering skills of the Vijayanagara period but also underscores the cultural and religious importance of water management in sustaining both agriculture and spiritual sites.

The department is now focused on preserving the inscription and conducting in-depth research to uncover more about the historical context and significance of the Huligiyakatti.

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