Descriptive and historical papers relating to the seven pagodas on the Coromandel coast, by W. Chambers [and others] ed. by M.W.Carr

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Page 73 - Oh that my words were now written ! Oh that they were printed in a book— that they were graven with an iron pen, and with lead in the rock for ever...
Page 4 - ... turn aside to examine. Its shape is also singular and romantic, and, from a distant view, has an appearance like some antique and lofty edifice. On coming near to the foot of the rock from the north, works of imagery and sculpture crowd so thick upon the eye, as might seem to favor the idea of a petrified town, like those that have been fabled in different parts of the world by too-credulous travellers.
Page 103 - O DURGA', thou hast deign'd to shield Man's feeble virtue with celestial might, Gliding from yon jasper field, And, on a lion borne, hast brav'd the fight ; For, when the demon Vice thy realms defied, And arm'd with death each arched horn, Thy golden lance, O goddess mountain-born, Touch but the pest — He roar'd and died.
Page 156 - ... the entrepot of commerce between the east and the west. Gibbon says, " Every year, about the summer solstice, a fleet of a hundred and twenty vessels sailed from Myas Hormas, a port of Egypt on the Red Sea. The coast of Malabar or the island of Ceylon was- the usual term of their navigation, and ib was in those markets that the merchants from the more remote parts of Asia expected their arrival.
Page 98 - ... canopy over the sleeping god ; and from each of its mouths issues a forked tongue, seeming to threaten instant death to any whom rashness might prompt to disturb him. The whole figure lies almost clear of the block on which it is hewn.
Page 11 - Nearly similar things, we find, have occurred in the East. " The natives of the place (Mavalepuran, in India) declared to the writer of this account, that the more aged people among them remembered to have seen the tops of several pagodas far out in the sea ; a statement which was verified by the appearance of one on the brink of the sea, already nearly swallowed up by that element.
Page 135 - Kuppam inscription will be found, which, had it been known at the time, would have rendered the publication of that given in a former part of this volume (p. 47)* unnecessary. The two documents agree pretty nearly, but Mr. Ellis seems to have had a less accurate transcript, than the one prepared for me, which was obtained from two copies made by different individuals acquainted with the ancient character, and these were carefully collated by Tanrfavaraya Mudaliyar, Mr.
Page 142 - ... exploits. All these figures are doubtless much less distinct than they were at first ; for upon comparing these and the rest of the sculptures that are exposed to the sea-air, with others at the same place, whose situation has afforded them protection from that element, the difference is striking ; the former being every where much defaced, while the others are fresh as recently finished. An excavation in another part of the east side of the great rock appears to have been made on the same plan,...
Page 21 - ... order as with us; and that Bod, Budd, or Pood, holds the place of Mercury. From all which it should appear that Pout, which, among the Siamese, is another name for Sommonacodom, is itself a corruption of Buddou, who is the Mercury of the Greeks.
Page 6 - On a plain surface of the rock, which may once have served as the floor of some apartment, there is a platform of stone, about eight or nine feet long, by three or four wide, in a situation rather elevated, with two or three steps leading up to it, perfectly resembling a couch or bed, and a lion very well executed at the upper end of it, by way of pillow: the whole of one piece being part of the hill itself. This the Bramins, inhabitants of the place, call the bed of Dhermarajah, or Judishter, the...

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