The three-day Epigraphical Photo Exhibition, an awe-inspiring trip down the annals of history, began at the premises of the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums in the Exhibition Ground in city this morning.

The expo, held under the aegis of Archaeological Survey of India and Directorate of Epigraphy, Mysore, marks the 125th anniversary of its Epigraphy Branch.

The pictorial expo portrays pictures of ancient stone inscriptions, some dating back to the first century and also later periods mentioning King Maurya and Ashoka of the third century, Kubera, Brahmi script, Tamil inscriptions, etc.

Most of the exhibits are related to the erstwhile rulers of Mysore — the Khas Durbar at the Palace during Dasara, letters from important persons from abroad of accepting Dasara invitations extended by the Maharaja of Mysore, wedding invitations of Chamaraja Wadiyar and Krishnaraja Wadiyar, royal order for the King’s Pattabhisheka (coronation), etc.

P.S. Vastrad, Commissioner of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, who inaugurated the expo said the ancient inscriptions carried valuable messages relevant to the present times which need to be cherished and shared.

Vastrad quipped that spending a little time to understand the messages of the ancient inscriptions would be more educative than the present day SMS messages shared via mobile phones.

A brochure titled ‘Galaxy of Epigraphists’ was released on the occasion. Retired staff of the Department and Directors of various other departments were felicitated.

The exhibition will be held from 10 am to 5 am till Mar. 16.

Epigraphy Professor (ASI, Mysore) Dr. K.V. Ramesh, Epigraphy Director In-Charge Dr. T.S. Ravishankar and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore