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No. 332 of Çrikūrmam shows that Jagannatha Dēva of the Eastern Çalukya family was a feudatory of this king. No. 302 mentions a grant of one Gharaḍamaji Çri-rāma-sēnāpati, who is described as the military chief of Kalinga (kaliṁga-rakṣapāla), breaker of Kumēļi (kumēļi-bhaṁjam), slayer of Kañcāla (Kaṁcāla-çiraç-chēdana) reducer of Kōnddu (Kōmddu-marddana), a lion to Gaṇḍra-dāmu Kōrama (Gaṁḍradāmukōrama simhya-maina), and lastly the own servant and minister (amaitya) of Bhānu Dēva. Except Kalinga, none of the other names I am able to identify.
XII. Nrsimha Déva III.
[Çaka 1249-50 Çaka 1274-5.]
The undermentioned inscriptions of this king's reign have come to
Çri-Pratāpa-vīrā-di vīra-N a ra nāra - Ep. Rep., No. 337, of Ditto.
Çaka-varu(*sa)mbulu 1263 ganēmțți
(or again below) Prata (a)pa-Ori-vira- Ep. Rep., No. 331, of Verified.
paurnnami Sōma-vāramuna, or year Ep. Rep., No. 314, of Ditto.
Çak-abde Rama-tarkka-çravana-ça çi-Ep. Rep., No. 345, of Irregular. S.&T. yutē Jyēṣṭha-çuklē capakṣe pañca
myām Jiva-vārē-bhijiti çubha-dinē, or
Çaka-varṣaṁbulu 1263 gun n ē mṭṭi Ep. Rep., No. 300, of Verified.
18 çrahini Kumba(bha)-kṛṣṇa-daça-
(or in words) Çāk-ābdē rāma-tarkka-
or Çaka 1263, year 18, Kumbha Kr. 10,
Çaka-varşambulu 1265 gunnemṭṭi Ep. Rep., No. 308, of Irregular.
(or in words) Bāṇa-tarkk-ākṣi-çaçi-
Çaka-varṣambula 1267 gunnēmṭṭi- Ep. Rep., No. 358, of Verified.
Çaka-vatsarē muni-ru(r)tur-nnētr- Ep. Rep., No. 344, of Irregular.
ēndu-saṁkhy-anvitē māsē çākṣara-
Çaka-varuşambulu 1267 gunemți Ep. Rep., No. 319, of
Qāk-abde çruti-simdhu-nētra-dharaṇī- Ep. Rep., No. 309, of
Çaka-varusambulu 1271 nēți Vir-ādi-
Ep. Rep., No. 310, of
The last year will be the first year of his successor, viz., Çaka
1274-5. The copperplate year 24 does not Last year. agree with the years of reign thus deduced, 26. But the total of years given in the copperplates to this king, his predecessor and his successor comes out equal to the total of years as deduced from their inscriptions.
He was son of Bhānu
From the above we get
aŋka or 3rd
Dēva II by the queen Lakṣmi Dēvi. The Puri copperplates name only one queen of his, Kamala Devi; but in the Crikurmam inscriptions, Ganga Devi alias Gangamba or Gangambika (Nos. 308, 309, 343, and 344), and probably Kōmmi-dēvammā (Nos. 310 and 345)
are mentioned as his queens.. Is Kōmmidēvammā another name of Kāmala Dēvi? He had a daughter through Kōmmidēvammā named Sītā Dēvi (No. 345), and No. 343 records a grant of this Sitā Dēvi.
No. 324 records a remarkable grant of Vira-Bhānu-Dēva III, by which he gave to the temple of Çrikūrmaṁ images of Vira-Narasimha Dēva and Gangāmbikā holding lamps. From this is it to be inferred that Gaŋgāmbikā was the mother of Bhānu Dēva III and not Kamala Devi as stated in the copperplates ?
XIII. Bhānu Dēva III.
Only three inscriptions of this king's rule have hitherto been
Vira-Ori-Bhānu-dēvasya pravardd ha - Ep. Rep., No. 324, of māna-vijaya-rajya-tṛtīy-āŋkkē Makarasthē ravau Pause çukla-pratipadi Bhṛgu-vārē, (or in words) Çāk-ābdē ravi-bāṇa-sāgara-yute [Pau] ș-ā diçuklē dīnē, or Çaka 1275, 3rd year, month Makara, Paușa Qu. 1, Friday= 27th December, A.D. 1353. Çaka-varşambulu 1275 gunēmți Mina S. & T. Çukla-pratipadā Sōma - vārā n · ÇriVira-Bhānu-dēvara vija y a-rājyasamvatsara 3 aŋka Çrāhini, (or in words) Çara-simdhu-netra-dharaņi-samkhy-anvitē Phalgunē māsē Mīna-sitē tithau pratip a d i Cri-Candra-vārē çubhē,
Çaka-varuşaṁbulu 1276 gunēṁți Pra- Ep. Rep., No. 315, of | Verified.
or Çaka 1275, year 3, month Phalguna
754 A.H. or A.D. 1353
Ep. Rep., No. 336, of
Brigg's Firishta, II,
Excursion of the Bengal Sultan, Shams-u ddin Hājī Ilyas into Jaj-nagar.
Çaka 1276 (current), or 1274-5
1275 (expired), or 1275-6
The above give us—
3rd (? 2nd) arka or 1st year.
From the initial year of the succeeding king, we get Çaka 1300-1 as the last year of this king. The intervening period comes to 27th year against 26 allotted in the copperplates. As noticed under Nrsimha Dēva III, the total of years in the copperplates for these three kings, viz., 74, is just equal to the number of years intervening between 1227-8 and 1300-1.
He was son of Nrsimha Dēva III by Kāmala Dēvi. He has Relationship and Ti. been variously styled as Çri-Vira or ViraÇri-Bhānu Dēva, and Pratapa-Vira-Bhānu Dēva.
No. 324, of Çrīkūrmaṁ records that the king gave images of Vira-
ing lamps, on the 1st day of Pauça çukla
In A.D. 1353, Haji Ilyas, the Bengal ruler, apparently hearing of the death of the king, raided into Jāj-nagar for capturing elephants. Later on, Sangama, the nephew of Bukka I, of Vijayanagara, is credited with having defeated the Gaja-pati, i.e., the Orissa king. Apparently