13th century stone inscription restored

A renovated stone inscription of the Kakatiya Empire stands majestically near Bayyaram Tank in Khammam district.   | Photo Credit: G_N_RAO

The historical ‘Bayyaram stone inscription' in Bayyaram mandal dating back to the 13th century of the Kakatiya era has been restored for posterity. The Tourism Department, in collaboration with the Archaeology Department, has restored the rare inscription which depicts the genealogy of the Kakatiya kings. The eight-foot-high stone inscription weighs around five tonnes.

The Tourism Department has relocated the stone inscription, containing 71 Sanskrit verses in Telugu and Kannada characters, from its original position at a secluded place a few yards away from Bayyaram cheruvu to the picturesque locales of the tank. The stone inscription was re-erected on the Bayyaram tank bund on a specially designed granite slab recently. The move was initiated following the representations made by villagers for conservation of the inscription of historical significance.

Speaking to The Hindu, District Tourism Officer Suman Chakravarthi said the text inscribed on the four sides of the stone inscription was translated into Telugu and engraved on the granite slab for the benefit of the visitors. It's a rare historical masterpiece which stands as a mute testimony to the genealogy of the mighty Kakatiya emperors, he said.

The Bayyaram stone inscription reveals that Mylamamba of the Kakatiya dynasty dug up Bayyaram cheruvu (Jalanidhi) in memory of her mother Bayyamamba in the 13th century. Bayyaram tank derived its name from Bayyamamba, he said. Plans were afoot to develop a park at the site to promote tourism, he said.

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