Dedicated with deep respect and profound regret to the late Seishi Karashima.
Early Indian epigraphy; Buddhist relics; Buddhist relic containers; post-Asokan period; Sātavāhana period; Brahmapuri/Kolhapur (Maharashtra)
In 1877, a large stone coffer was recovered from Brahmapuri, Maharashtra, India. It bears a short donative record in Brāhmī letters and is evidence for the presence of Buddhism at an early period in the southernmost tip of Maharashtra. The chest is now kept at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai. The inscription is one of the earliest written records of Maharashtra and the coffer is a rare example of a well-preserved stone relic chest.
Discovery 188 The inscription 189 Epigraphic puzzles 190 Publication and research 190 Date 191 The site 191 A chronology 193