The Hathigumpha Inscription consists of seventeen lines in a Central-Western form of Prakrit incised in a deep-cut Brahmi script on the overhanging brow of a natural cavern called Hathigumpha in the southern side of the Udayagiri hill, near Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
It faces straight towards the Rock Edicts of Ashoka at Dhauli, situated at a distance of about six miles. Jain News Views has brought info & video which will 110% shock as well as make you a fan of the oldest Religion “Jainism”
The inscription is dated 13th year of Kharavela‘s reign, which has been dated variously by scholars from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century CE.
The Hathigumpha inscription starts with a version of the auspicious Jain Namokar Mantra: नमो अरहंतानं [॥] णमो सवसिधानं [॥] for in Jainism.
The Hathi Gumpha Inscriptions are just one of the Glimpses of the Fact that Jainism has been the most ancient religion!
Jainism is so ancient that its origins cannot be traced back & Hathi Gumpha proves how old Jainism can be!
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