Historians and history lovers in India have another reason to be happy. An inscription that belongs to the 12th century was recently discovered by Kakatiya ruler Rudramadevi and revealed details of lands gifted to the famous Bhavanarayana Swamy temple at Bapatla town in Andhra Pradesh. K. Muniratnam Reddy, Director (Epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) mentioned that the inscription is engraved on the south wall, the left side of the Mahamandapa of Bhavanarayana Swamy temple in Bapatla. "It is written in Telugu script, dated Saka 1199, Isvara, Magha, su.7, which means 1278 CE, January 2, Sunday," he said.
According to him the scriptures seems to record the gift of lands to Lord Bhavanarayana by Mandadi Muttinayaka, while he was administering the Darsi region. He added that Kakatiya Rudradeva (Rudramadevi) ruled from the Oruganti region, and thus, it is considered a Kakatiya Rudramadevi inscription. Early Indian civilisations were at the peak of agriculture and trade but religion played a strong suit to the subjects of every kingdom. The discovery of this inscription is a testament to the fact that across the subcontinent, the ruler gave equal importance to them all.
This discovery in Andhra Pradesh is just further proof of the dearth of historical prestige that lies unearthed in the country just waiting to be tapped on.