Stone inscription mentioning 17th century solar eclipse found in Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Archaeologists have found a stone inscription at Periyanayaki Amman temple in Palani, Tamil Nadu, dating back to 17th century that mentions a solar eclipse that took place at that time.

Periyanayaki Amman temple is one of the important satellite shrines of Arul­mighu Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple in Palani.

This temple was constructed in the 14th century by the Pandiya kings, who worshipped Lord Shiva.

After its destruction by Malik Kafur, the Nayakkar dynasty built a shrine for Amman at the same site.

According to a report by Express News Service, archaeologist Narayanamoorthy, architect Manivannan and professors of history from women's college conducted research in the temple when they stumbled upon a stone inscription on the wall of the 'yaga sala', that mentions solar eclipse.

Only four lines of the inscription are now visible, as all other lines had been obliterated over a period of time.

Narayanamoorthy said that from the available lines they could decipher that the day of solar eclipse was an auspicious occasion and on that day, royalty donated land to the temple.

He said that the 17th century inscription shows that even at that time the Tamilians were able to forecast solar eclipse and indicate the times when it would occur.

A similar stone inscription was found in the cave temple in Palani, etched by King Malligarjuna Rayar.

That inscription had also described the period of solar eclipse as the auspicious time for giving donations. (ANI)

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