Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A 11Th CENTURY CHOZHA PERIOD CHEKKU WITH INSCRIPTIONS ( GRINDING STONE INSCRIPTIONS ) – KALRAYAN HILLS – A HERITAGE VISIT ( SALEM HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTER )

1st October 2017.
After KariyaRamar Temple dharshan, our next destination was to this Chekku chiseled on a rock at Chinna Mangodu village. This place is  about 3 Km from Karumandurai a big place on Kalrayan Hills. This Chekku was chiseled on a rock near a Village temple and at present there is no village around this temple. It was told this chekku was used to grind ingredients for preparing food during temple festival times. Also it was told that this was used to extract oil. ( The technical details like the method adopted is not known ) 
ALTITUDE : 843 meters
LOCATION : 11.50.489 N & 78.38.217 E

This Chekku contains inscriptions belongs to 1027AD, Rajendra Chozhan –I period. As per the inscriptions This Chekku was chiseled by Sadaya Thevan Anambikkan, of Chinnamangodu village in Sannatha vala Nadu, Venkattu Malathuravi Nadu. From this inscription it is evident that this Region was under the direct rule  of Chozha Kings during 11th century. The Details of the inscriptions are as follows…
  1. ஸ்வஸ்தி ஸ்ரீ கோப்பரகேசரி வன்மராகிய 
  2. ஸ்ரீ ராஜேந்திர சோழற்கு திருவெழுத்
  3. திட்டு  செல்லா நின்ற யாண்டு பதினெஞ்சாவது
  4. மிலாடானகிய சனநாத வளநாட்டு வெண்காட்டு
  5. மாலத்துறவி நாட்டுச் சிறுமாங்கோடு சடய
  6. தவனே அணம்பிக்கன் இட்டுவித்த செக்கு 



 The temple 
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