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Halmidi

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Halmidi is a small village in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India, near the temple town of Belur. Halmidi is best known as the place where the oldest known inscription exclusively in Kannada language, the so-called Halmidi inscription, was discovered. Anterior to this, many inscriptions with Kannada words have been discovered, such as Brahmagiri edict of 230 BCE of Emperor Ashoka. However, this is the first full length inscription in Kannada. This inscription is generally known as the Halmidi inscription and consists of sixteen lines carved on a sandstone slab. It has been dated to 450 CE and demonstrates that Kannada was used as a language of administration at that time. The inscription is in primitive Kannada with distinctive characteristics attributed to those of Proto-Kannada and uses Kannada script similar to Brahmi characters.

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Google previewEncyclopaedia of the Hindu World (1992)

by Gaṅgā Rām Garg

The earliest known Halmidi inscription of A.D. 450 shows the already established influence of Sanskrit on Kannada. Another inscription of about A.D. 500 consists of a metrical passage in Kannada. The earliest extant work, however, ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World (2010)

Halmidi inscription (ca. 450 A.D. ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Indian Literature (1987)

A-Devo by Amaresh Datta

The first Kannada record, Halmidi inscription, is of the 5th century A.D. and pertains to the Kadamba period; which shows full development of both the script and the language. In the field of visuality when one stands and gazes back from the ...

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