Epigraphy Study -Field Visit Around Senji-III – Melolakkur

The third place we visited was Melolakkur. This was not originally in the itinerary. On way to Thondur we saw a wonderful Jeshtadevi by side of the road in Melolakkur. So we stopped. This Jesthadevi appears to be very early probably 6th CE typical pallava one. Here the devi is in the classical sitting posture with crow flag. However, the person by her side is not clear to identify.  While we were examining and enjoying this the villagers told about cave and sculpture in a nearby hill. Guided by the villagers we walked in the fields to reach a small hillock. In a cave like structure there are three jain beds and image of Jain Theerthankara  Parsvanatha. At first we couldn’t locate any inscription. A boy name Ponmani whose fields are at the foot hill showed us the inscription. He is studying in 8th standard in the same village. To our surprise and astonishment he clearly spelt what is written in the inscription. It is an early Tamil-brahmi inscription which reads ‘இளங்காயபன் எவ அகழவூர் மோசி செய்த அதிட்டனம் மூன்று  – Ilankayapan eva agazhvur mosi seidha adhitanam mundru’. It means under the orders of Ilankayaban, Mosi of Aghazvur did three stone beds. What is interesting is the three is specified by means of 3 horizontal lines and not in words. Ponmani was saying it as ‘குறியீடு மூன்று’, very nice of putting it. This boy was  giving us more information of visit of many persons earlier. All of us were very appreciative and many gifted him whatever we could, he showed that he is greater than us  by giving us groundnuts freshly plucked from his fields in unlimited quantities.

Melolakkur Jeshta Devi

Melolakkur Jeshta Devi

 

On way to jaina beds

On way to jaina beds

Jain Theerthankara - Parsvanatha

Jain Theerthankara – Parsvanatha

Jain Beds

Jain Beds

Tamil Brahmi Inscription -Estampage

Tamil Brahmi Inscription -Estampage

 

A view of the Cave

A view of the Cave

Our Hero Ponmani along with a villager who guided us

Our Hero Ponmani along with a villager who guided us

 

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