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Inscribed Pillar, Malavalli

DISTRICT: Shimoga; TALUK: Sikaripur
LOCALITY: Malavalli (Lat. 140 25' N; Long. 750 15' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Shimoga; BUS STATION: Shiralakoppa

The area was under the direct control of the Satavahanas right from 1st- 2nd century AD. This is evident from the inscription belonging to the King Vinhukada Chutukulananda Satakarni. Subsequently, it formed the territory of the Kadambas of Vaijayanti (Banavasi) from 4th century AD onwards founded by Mayura Sarma. The hexagonal pillar setup in front of the Kallesvara temple has two separate inscriptions. The first inscription dated in 2nd century AD is  assignable to the period of Vinukada Chutukulananda Satakarni who was the king of Vijayanagara. It is carved on the first three faces of the hexagonal pillar, breadth wise. It contains a command to his officer Mahavallabha Rajjuka informing him of the grant of the village Sahalatavi for the god of Malavali. The gift was made on the first day of the second fortnight. The second inscription assignable to 3rd - 4th century AD is engraved on the remaining 3 faces of the above said pillar. It refers to the rule of the Kadamba king Sivaskanda Varma and `the renewal of the above mentioned grant, which had become defunct, to Nagadatta, a brahmana of Kaundinya gotra in the first regnal year of the king.