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

Periannan Chandrasekaran perichandra at gmail.com
Sat Jan 8 19:02:05 UTC 2022

Thank you so much for the discussion and for the data that " the word guḍi
is normally used for 'temple' in the early Telugu inscriptions."
However as for the meaning of kōyilamu in the inscription I referred to,
Budaraju asserts on page 292
that it means 'Temple' and is a variant of kōyila, kōvela.

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Periannan Chandrasekaran

On Sat, Jan 8, 2022 at 5:06 AM Jens Thomas <jens.c.thomas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Periannan Chandrasekaran,
> the word guḍi is normally used for 'temple' in the early Telugu
> inscriptions.
> 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,
> Jens
> 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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