History

The Mauryas

Inscriptions of Ashoka

Cave Inscriptions

Cave 1 (Sudama Cave) Inscription

Original text by Meena Talim

लाजिना प्रियदसिना दुवाडवसाभि (सितेना)
इयं निगोहकुभा दिना आ (जी) विकोहि |

English translation by Meena Talim

King Priyadarshin in the twelfth year after his coronation
Has donated this Banyan tree cave to Ajivakas.

English translation by V A Smith

This Banyan-tree cave was granted to the Ajivikas by the King’s Grace (Piyadasana)when he had been consecrated twelve years.

English translation by D R Bhandarkar

This Banyan cave was given to the Ajivikas by King Priyadarsin when he had been anointed twelve years.

English translation by R K Mookerji

By His Sacred Majesty the King consecrated twelve years this Nigrodha Cave was granted to the Ajivikas.

English  translation by D C Sircar

This Nyagrodha cave is dedicated to the Ajivikas by king Priyadarsi twelve years after his coronation.

Cave 2 (Vishva Jhopri Cave) Inscription

Original text of by Meena Talim

1. लाजिना प्रियदसिना दुवा
2. डवसाभिसितेना इयं
3. कुभा खलतिकपवतसि दिना आजीविकेहि |

English translation by Meena Talim

1. King Priyadarshin,
2. in the twelfth year after his coronation,
3. Cave of Khalatika-mountain,
4. has been donated to Ajivakas.

English translation by V A Smith

This cave in the Khalatika Hill was granted to the Ajivikas by the King’s Grace, when he had been consecrated twelve years.

English translation by D R Bhandarkar

This cave in the Khalatika hill was given to the Ajivikas, when he had been anointed twelve years.

English translation by R K Mookerji

By His Gracious Majesty the King, consecrated twelve years, this cave in the Khalatika Hill was granted to the Ajivikas.

English  translation by D C Sircar

This cave in the Skhalatika Hill is dedicated to the Ajivikas by king Priyadarsi twelve years after his coronation.

Cave 3 (Karna Chaupar) Inscription

Original text of by Meena Talim

1. लाज प्रियदसि एकुनवी
2. सतिवसाभिसिते जलघो
3. सागमथात मे इयं कुभा
4. सुपीये ख (लतिकपवतसि) दि
5. ना |

English translation by Meena Talim

1. King Priyadarshin in the nineteenth year
2. of his coronation in the midst of cheers
3. came here, and gave this cave
4. as donation to Suppiya, of Khalatika-mountain

English translation by V A Smith

The King’s Grace (Raja Piyadasi), when he had been consecrated nineteen years, granted the (?) Supiya Cave in the (?) Khalatika Hill for as long as sun and moon endure.

English translation by D R Bhandarkar

King Priyadarsin, when he had been anointed nineteen years – in the Kha[latika Hill].

English translation by R K Mookerji

His Gracious Majesty the King being consecrated nineteen years, this cave in the very pleasant Khalatika Hill was granted by me against the coming of the rains.

English  translation by D C Sircar

When the period of the nineteen years elapsed since the coronation of the Priyadarsi, this cave in the very pleasant Skhalatika is given by him for the stay of the ascetics beyond the reach of flood-waters during the rainy season.

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