Tamil Nadu: Inscribed 9th century grinding stone found in Andipatty

  • | Tuesday | 15th September, 2020

‘’This grinding stone belongs to Pandya period. If we study the inscriptions in connection with the ones found nearby we will be able to find its importance’’

A ninth century old stone with Tamil inscription has been found on top of a rock in Andipatty, 60 km from Madurai on Chera route. The inscription on the grinding stone is in Tamil which reads- ‘’Thenmuttannattu Kannimangalam Kudiyan Sevadi Iduvicha Chekku’’ (the grinding stone was installed by Kannimangalam of Thenmuttanattu). KT Gandhirajan who found the grinding stone stated ‘’the grinding stone with inscription is significant because it belongs to the 9th century. The name ‘’Kannimagalam’’ may be the place near Madurai called Kinnimangalam where a memorial slab with Tamil Bhramin inscription were found recently.

The inscription being in ancient Tamil, Gandhiranjan consulted help from a senior epigraphist S Rajavelu to decipher it. Rajavelu stated that ‘’the villagers might have used the grinding stone for extracting the oil. There are chances that they might have used it for making medicine as well. The inscription says that the grinding stone was installed in the name of God Kudiyan. It is significant as it falls on the ancient Chera trade rote’’.

Usually these types of grinding stone are donated to places of worship by chieftains of the region so as to use it for common purposes. Rajavelu also stated ‘’this grinding stone belongs to the Pandya period. If we study the inscriptions in connection with ones found nearby we will be able to find its importance’’.       



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