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Inscription and Jatinga Ramasvara Temple - Ramesvara Hill

DISTRICT: Chitradurga; TALUK: Molakalmur
LOCALITY: Ramesvara Hill (Lat. 14° 49' N; Long. 76° 45' E)

A rock inscription of Asoka, comprising Minor Rock-edicts I and II, has been found here. The edict is inscribed on an irregular surface of rock, facing north-east. The floor on which the inscription is incised is in front of the steps leading to the Jatinga Ramesvara temple. The edict has 28 lines covering a space of 5.33 x 1.97 m. The edict refers to the message issued in the name of Devanampriya and contains the greetings of the prince (Aryaputra) to the Mahamatras. It is in Brahmi script of third Century B.C. The edict is exactly similar to the one at Brahmagiri, six km away. The temple of Jatinga Ramesvara, was originally a brick structure. Later converted into a stone temple and repaired in 962 AD.