2200-Year-Old Tamil-Brahmi Inscription found at Samanamalai in Madurai District
India Current Affairs 2012. A 2200-year old Tamil-Brahmi inscription belonging to the second century BC, discovered at Samanamalai in Madurai district
A 2200-year-old Tamil-Brahmi inscription belonging to the second century BC, was discovered at Samanamalai in Madurai district. The inscription is associated with Jainism as it was found at Samanamalai (“Jaina Hill”), 15 km from Madurai .
The inscription was discovered by V. Vedachalam, former Senior Epigraphist, Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department, and V. Muthukumar, research scholar from Tamil University, Thanjavur. The script has a total of 13 letters.
The scholars of Tamil-Brahmi script, termed the discovery of genuine importance as it will help them to unravel the hidden truths related to Jain monks.
Tamil-Brahmi which is also referred as Damili is an early phonetic script used to write Tamil characters. It is a type of several Brahmi scripts used across South Asia, namely Ashokan Brahmi, Southern Brahmi, Bhattiprolu script and the Sri Lankan based Sinhala-Brahmi.