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Kannada script (10600)

Kannada script, which evolved from the Brahmi in the 7th century CE was popularised by the Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas (7th century CE to 10th century CE). There is a Kannada inscription of Chalukya Vikramaditya in the Kailasanatha temple, Kanchipuram. The Nulamba Chieftains (8th century CE) used Kannada as their official language and employed the Kannada script in the Dharmapuri region. Krishna III or Kannaradeva, the Rashtrakuta king who captured Kanchipuram and Thanjavur from the Cholas, employed both Kannada and Tamil in his inscription at Orathi, Villupuram District. There are Kannada inscriptions belonging to 10th century CE at Kodumbalur in Pudukkottai District, which was the headquarters of the Irukkuvelir Chiefs. This shows that the Irukkuvelir chiefs had traditional connections with Karnataka. From 10th century CE onwards, we come across Kannada inscriptions in the Tamil speaking areas adjoining Karnataka. For example, there is a hero stone with a Kannada inscription at Vazhaithottam in the Nilgiri District, dated to 10th century CE. There is a Kannada inscription of Vallala III, (14th century CE) at the Siva temple at Nilagiri Satharan Kottai (the present day Danayakkan Kottai) but this temple is submerged in the Bhavani Sagar dam now. There is a Kannada inscription at the Jain Palli at Alathur in Avinasi taluk, Coimbatore District. There are some Kannada copper plate inscriptions, but they are comparatively late (17th 18th century CE). We can cite the Karamadai copper plate inscription, for instance.


Two Nolamba Inscriptions from Dharamapuri in Kannada Script, 9th and 10th century CE.
1. Upper portion - Mahendrarajadi Nolamba 2. Lower portion Ayyappadeva
(Source: Epigraphica Indica)

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