[INDOLOGY] Earliest epigraphical attestations of Telugu kōyila, kōvela 'temple'

Jens Thomas jens.c.thomas at gmail.com
Sat Jan 8 10:06:42 UTC 2022

Dear Periannan Chandrasekaran,

the word guḍi is normally used for 'temple' in the early Telugu

K. M. Sastri (Historical Grammar of Telugu, p. 68) refers to SII X, 709
(kōyilala) but the text has kayilala (~ kavilala 'cows'), so it is probably
a misprint.

The inscription that you refer to (e. g. IA 13, pp. 50-55) has
peddakōyilamu 'old temple' but it occurs in the delineation of a grant and
may hence rather be an individual name.

Apart from that I am not aware of another early inscription that has the
words kōyila or kōvela. If I happen to come accross another instance I will
let you know.

Best wishes,

Am Fr., 7. Jan. 2022 um 23:32 Uhr schrieb Periannan Chandrasekaran via
INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>:

> Dear Indology members
>    - I am looking for the earliest epigraphical attestations of Telugu
>    *kōyila*, *kōvela *'temple' which DEDR lists.
>    - DEDR has left out the form *kōyilamu *attested in an early 10th
>    century inscription (p.186)
>    <https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.493129/page/185/mode/2up?view=theater>
>    .
>    - The same DEDR entry has interestingly no cognate Kannada words. Is
>    this still true?
> Regards
> Periannan Chandrasekaran
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Jens Christian Thomas, M. A.
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