The basic purpose of the present site is the creation of a compact, systematic and critical repository of Indian epigrahical sources. The material will be 'critical' in the sense that it registers variants in decipherment and alternate readings, with the exception of obvious mistakes. It aims to make these sources accessible to all scholars, even those who have only minimal expertise in computers. Moreover, it requires no special software or hardware to utilize the materials being made available here.
All that is necessary for viewing our collection of inscriptions is the the installation of a special font, called ttf-font (for IBM), which you can download here as a zip. file. A Macintosh compatible version of the same font is also available here in hqs file, due to kindness of Dr. Volker Thewalt (http://www.bamiyan.de, http://www.thewalt.de), converted the font.
The importance of epigraphy for the study of pre-modern South Asia should be obvious. So too should the necessity for a data base in which, over time, it may be possible to begin to make accessible some of the fruits of generations of epigraphists and scholars who have studied these inscriptions, but whose works are often very difficult to find even for those with access to the best libraries...
|ORISSA- ANDHRA INSCRIPTIONS|
|COLLECTIONS OF EARLY INSCRIPTIONS SYSTEMATISED BY FINDPLACES|
|INSCRIPTIONS OF ASHOKA|