A continuation post to Kodumanal…..
10th October 2016
During my first visit to Arachalur I could not see this Isai kalvettukkal and Jain monks beds. This time we are lucky to see that. Even though there is an ASI board erected on the main road, it is about 2 km from the natural cave. The cave was also used as smanar beds.
Prof. S. Raju, an epigraphist of Erode and the former Head in Tanjore Tamil University, discovered these inscriptions in the early 1960s. He says they were carved by wandering Jain monks, who came south during Chandra Gupta Maurya's time. The place is not much protected by the ASI out of three, only one is in readable conditions. The inscriptions are carved in Tamil Brahmi.
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The inscriptions are tala notes (adavu) that a Bharatnatyam dancer dances to. It has five lines and as many rows, resembling a five-row - five-column matrix. It has been arranged in such a way that read either from left to right or top to bottom it reads the same. It is a palindrome as well.
Close by is the third inscription, which is also in Tamil Brahmi. It talks about the person who chiseled the above-mentioned lines.
--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---