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Updated: February 17, 2013 02:40 IST

‘Trisula found on Tirupparankundram inscription is a Saivite symbol’

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The trisula symbol, engraved before a standing elephant, on the Sngam age Pandya and Chera coins. Photo: R. Krishnamurthy
The trisula symbol, engraved before a standing elephant, on the Sngam age Pandya and Chera coins. Photo: R. Krishnamurthy

It is difficult to accept Jaina connection, says Krishnamurthy

The trisula symbol at the end of the first line of the Tamil-Brahmi inscription, which was found on the Tirupparankundram hill near Madurai, is a Saivite symbol, argues R. Krishnamurthy, Editor, Dinamalar, a Tamil daily.

The trisula symbol can be seen in a rectangular or square type of the Tamil Sangam age Pandya copper coins and the Sangam age Chera coins, says Dr. Krishnamurthy, a reputed numismatist with a knowledge of Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions.

“In view of the fact that we find the trisula symbol in the inscription,” he argues, “it will be extremely difficult to accept the Jaina connection” as argued in the story, ‘Tamil-Brahmi script discovered on Tirupparankundram hill,’ which appeared in The Hindu, dated February 14, 2013.

The inscription, discovered on January 20 this year, has two lines: Muu-na-ka-ra and Muu-ca-ka-ti.Quoting specialists in Tamil-Brahmi, the article said the inscription could refer to an elderly Jaina monk who attained salvation by fasting unto death.In the first line of the script, the second letter ‘na’ and the third letter ‘ra’ may have been inscribed in the Bhattiprolu script, Dr. Krishnamurthy says.

“We can read the legend as ‘mu-nakar,’ an ancient town. The Bhattiprolu script has been used in the Sangam age Pandya ‘Peruvaluthi’ coin. The word ‘Sakti’ in the second line refers to Goddess Meenakshi. This inscription may belong to circa second century BCE,” he argues.

COMMENT FOR BHASKAR

Perhaps you could create a blog and post the pictures to substantiate
the claim that "such symbols occur elsewhere, as letters in later
Tamil inscriptions", and elaborating on your own beliefs/opinions.

Since you consider Dr. Krishnamurthy's belief that the trident
(trisula) is a Saivite symbol, to be dangerous, it might be worth your
time to write an article in 'The Hindu', refuting or even disproving Dr. Krishnamurthy's claim; it would also be enlightening to persons
such as myself.

from:  Subramanian Venkatraman
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 19:47 IST

In the entire corpus of Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions, there is nothing to suggest Saivism
or Hinduism.
The Saivite reading is perhaps even dangerous. You can already see all around
Madurai, a number of Tirtankara sculptures converted as one of the Hindu pantheon.
Some local elements set up makeshift shrines, pull wool over people and collect
money.
In fact, the Trisul symbol in the Tirupparankunram inscription is not a symbol at all.
It is another letter. I wish I could upload, as part of this comment, pictures to show
that such symbols occur elsewhere, as letters in later Tamil inscriptions.

from:  Bhaskar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 14:46 IST
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