Recently, an inscription said to be of 10th century A.D. The Kadamba period has been discovered in the Mahadeva temple at Cacoda in southern Goa.
About Kadamba inscription
- It is written in Kannada and Sanskrit.
- The inscription opens with an auspicious word be it well (Swasthi Shri).
- It records that when Talara Nevayya was administering the mandala, his son Gundayya having taken a vow to fulfil his father’s desire of capturing a gopura of the port of Goa, fought and died after fulfilling his father’s wish.
- Very interestingly, the record is composed as a vocal statement on the death of his son from the mouth of a lamenting father.
- It is in the literary style of the Talangre inscription of Jayasimha I of the same period.
Key facts about Kadambas of Goa
- The Kadambas of Goa were the subordinates of Chalukyas of Kalyana.
- Chalukya emperor Tailapa II appointed Kadamba Shasthadeva as mahamandaleshwara of Goa for his help in overthrowing the Rashtrakutas.
- Kadamba Shasthadeva conquered the city of Chandavara from the Shilaharas in 960 A.D.
- Later, he conquered the port of Gopakapattana (present Goa).
- Gundayya, the son of Talara Nevayya, may have participated in this battle, and won the port at the cost of his life.
Q1) What are inscriptions in history?
Inscriptions are the writings on stone, metal or some materials as an important historical source. These are valuable historical evidence of the existence and activities of early kings and empires. ... Inscriptions are the information written on the stones, pillars and other metals