Sansk Lat Hind

edict, inscriptions, character, pillar, pali, dehli and inscription

Page: 1 2 3

Dhauli in Cuttack.—Inscriptions in the Lat character were discovered here by Lieut. Kittoe. The character used in the inscriptions in the Lat character are those of Allahabad and intermediate between these two; also a character at Balibhi, and the parallelogram - headed character of Sconi.

Asoka's pillars in Orissa are of sandstone.

At Junir there are two inscriptions, one on the Naneh ghat is in keeping with the inscriptions on the Dehli pillar and Girnar rock.

The Girnar inscription was supposed by Mr. J. Prinsep to be Pali.

Lat Character.—It was a remark of Colonel Tod, Let us master the characters on the columns of Indraprestha, Prayag, and Mewar, on the rocks of Junagarh, at Bijoli, and on the Aravalli, and in the Jain temples scattered over India, and then we shall be able to turn our regard to Indian history. This was effected by Mr. James Prinsep, who made the observation that the language of the Lat inscriptions differs from every existing written idiom, and is, as it were, intermediate between the Sanskrit and the Pali. The nouns and particles in general follow the Pali structure. The verbs are more frequently nearer to the Sanskrit forms; but in neither, any more than in grammatical Pali, is there any great dissimilarity from Sanskrit. That on the Bhilsa monument is in the Gupta class of inscriptions. Numerals were first supposed to be discovered by Mr. James I'rinsep on the Bhilsa monument. In the Buddh ist pillar inscriptions, the dates were uniformly expressed at full length.

Lat, an early Pali alphabetical character, so called from the pillars whereon it is used, is the same as Aryan. but larger, inscribed on rocks at Kapurdigiri in Afghanistan, in the parallel Semitic writing, and at Cuttack, at Dehli on a pillar, also on pillars at Allahabad, Bettia, Multiall, and Whitt, in the true Pali, of Indian origin. One Dehli pillar, square. on each face is a framed inscription. Another pillar, facing cardinal points, near Dehli, is called I'illar of Feroz, the reading of which somewhat differs from that of the others. Though resembling the Girnar inscription in general purport, these inscriptions differ con siderably in the structure of certain sentences.

The Dail inscription MOMS to have been directed to a more refined people.

Pillar of Feroz, so called because it stands on the summit of a large building supposed to have been erected by Feroz Shah, who reigned in Dehli between A.D.• 1351 and 1388. Feroz pillar, 37 feet high, is a single stone, hard and round. Its circumference where it joins the building is lttf feet. It has an ancient Lat inscription, and one with a more recent character below in Sanskrit, as noticed above.

Lai Inscriptions.—Asoka's first edict prohibits the sacrifice of animals for food or in sacrifice, and enjoins moral virtues.

The second edict provides medical aid through out his dominions; orders planting of trees, and wells to be dug, along the sides of roads.

The third edict is in the twelfth year of Piya dears inauguration, and enjoins a quinquennial humiliation.

The fourth edict of the twelfth year of Piyadasi compares the past condition of his country with that then existing.

The fifth edict records the appointments of ministers of religion or missionaries.

The sixth edict appoints pativedaka, custodes morum, also criminal magistrates.

The seventh edict contains the king's desire to reconcile diversities of religious opinions.

The eighth edict contrasts the carnal enjoyments of former rajas with the harmless amusements of the king,—visits to holy people, almsgiving, respect to elders, etc.

The ninth edict continues the thread of a moral discourse, the Dharma 3Iangalam, happiness of virtue, benevolence, reverence, charity.

The tenth edict comments on Yaso va.Kiti TA, the glory of renown, founded on the vain and transitory deeds of this world, and the higher objects of life.

The eleventh edict, at Dhauli and Girnar, upholds that the imparting of Dharma is the chiefest of charitable donations.

The twelfth edict is addressed to all unbelievers with entreaty.

The fourteenth is summary of the preceding, and is complete in itself.

LAT and 31anat, mentioned in the Koran, tradition says, are the names of the idols of Bamian. Lat, Uzzah, and Minat were demigods of the Koresh tribe in the time of Mahomed.—Mohun Lars Travels, p. 90; Palgrave.

Page: 1 2 3