Inscription by poet dates back to Kakatiya rulers
Hillocks being blasted for granite; already major portion harnessed by private parties
INTACH convenor to file Public Interest Litigation to save the remaining structure
WARANGAL: A rare inscription by a poet about love, separation and a happy reunion dating back to Kakatiya rulers is under threat.
The inscription by great Sanskrit poet one Nrusimha Rushi, a contemporary of Kakatiya King Pratapa Rudra dating between 1295 and 1325 features his love and marriage.
The inscription is still found intact on the huge boulder on hillocks near Urs on the Warangal town outskirts. The poem was inscribed in two languages at two places – one in Devanagari and another in Telugu-Kannada high above the hillocks.
Noted Telugu litterateur, Acharya Kovela Supprasannacharya, says it is a rare inscription.
“Usually, edicts of kings are found inscribed. But, one by a poet is very rare and perhaps this is the only one belonging to Kakatiya period,” he pointed out.
Several inscriptions of Kakatiya period were solved and translated into Telugu. However, they are not being protected.
The hillocks at Urs are being detonated for the granite and already major portion of the hillocks was harnessed by private people. Soon, the entire naturally formed rock might disappear. INTACH convenor Prof M. Panduranga Rao said he would soon file Public Interest Litigation to save the remaining structure.
For quite sometime, the Warangal Municipal Corporation officials have been filling up the dug up portion of hillock turning it into a garbage dump.
The Sanskrit poet chose a crack between two huge boulders, cleaned some portion like a smooth slate and then inscribed his poem. From history and tourism points of view, the site is valuable and worth preserving.
The Archaeology Department had pitched a board stating it as a protect site, but it had become a haven for drunkards and anti-social elements. Quarrying for the precious granite stone continues unabated in the absence of any vigilance there.
On Valentines Day, both Mr. Panduranga Rao and Acharya Suprasannacharya, in their seventies, climbed up the steep hillock to take stock of the situation and do their bit.