Moodbidri, Sep 17, 2017: An ancient inscription, possibly nearly nine centuries old, has been found during the renovation works of the famous Polali Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple in Bantwal Taluk. The inscription written in Kannada was found outside the temple’s sanctum sanctorum in an upside down position. The rear portion of this inscription was being used as a peetha or platform to enable Abhisheka to the idols of the Lord.
Historian Dr Pundikai Ganapaiah Bhat who has studied this inscription says it has documented the valour of a martyr named Nambi of Bilive who was a confidante of Alupa clan king Kulashekhara.The nearly 38 inch long inscription is 24 inch wide and the writings in 20 lines are beautifully sculpted.
The lower portion of the inscription has a carving of a man resembling a king seated with a woman in between two lions.
The inscription of Kulashekhara Pandya Pattiga in the Polali shrine is a significant document pertaining to the history of Tulunad during Alupa era, says Dr Pundikai Ganapaiah Bhat.