Rare stone inscription on ‘Kapalikas’ found [Art & Culture]
A nearly 1,000-year-old rare stone inscription on Kapalikas, worshippers of Bhairava, a manifestation of Shiva, has been discovered in Raichur district.
This is the first time that an inscription that throws light on the presence of Kapalikas in South India, and in Karnataka in particular is found.
Kapalikas were a mysterious cult who may have practised human sacrifice and immolation.
The inscription, found above a cave atop a hilly area, two kilometres from Maliyabad village in Raichur district, is undated.
However, based on the nature of the script, which is in ancient Kannada, it is presumed to be from mid 1,000 AD. The inscription also refers to a ‘ Kankala Gorava ’ who had mastered Soma Siddantha or Kapalika Siddantha.
It states that though Soma Siddanthis led a lavish life, they had a cordial relationship with the rest of society. It also claims that taking a dip in the pond and having a darshan of the deity in the cave would relieve one of sins.