BeLagoLa in Sravana beLagoLa

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Fri Aug 6 16:10:26 UTC 1999

Esteemed Indologists,

I read about the toponymy for bElUru and beLagAm connected
with the tamil titles, vEL/vELir/vELALar/veLLALan in this list.

Sravana beLagoLa, the famous Jain shrine exhibiting the nude ascetic,
in a monolith, contains the word, "beL-". Is this "beLa" cognate with
 tamil veL-? What does "beLagoLa" mean? A "tank dug by beLa"?
Any inscriptional data is much appreciated.


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