In India, at the Mallikarjuna temple, which is considered one of the most famous and most visited in the country, archaeologists have discovered six sets of copper plates with texts in Sanskrit and other ancient languages. Archaeologists have already stated that this is a rare find.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, the find was made in Shrisailam, the holy city of Hinduism, located on the banks of the Krishna River. In a local temple, archaeologists have found 21 copper plates. This find once again points to the close historical ties of the Srisailam temples with the Vijayanagara empire.
Archaeologists say this is an extremely rare find. The plates themselves are still dated to the XIV-XVI centuries AD. However, experts do not exclude that they could have been created earlier. Their exact age will help determine further laboratory analysis. The uniqueness of the six discovered sets of plates lies in the fact that the texts on them are performed in different subcontinental languages. Until they are deciphered.
“The texts on the plates from the four sets are in Sanskrit and Nandi-Nagari script, while the remaining inscriptions from the other two sets are in Telugu and Kannada,” explains Chenna Reddy, dean of the archeology department at Srisailam University.
The heyday of temples in Shrisailam fell on the Middle Ages. It was here that the tradition of mass religious bathing in the Krishna River was born. We add that the plates with the texts were discovered during an authorized archaeological excavation, since the Mallikarjun temple is to be renovated.
Note also that many different artifacts have been discovered in Shrisailam over the past few months. For example, in October 2020, a brass box was found here, which contained 15 gold and 18 silver coins from the British era, as well as a gold ring. Gold coins were minted between 1880 and 1911, and silver coins between 1885 and 1913.