Thanks to colonial-period connections not only with scholars and institutions in the Dutch East-Indies, but also with archaeologists in British India, the Leiden University library (UBL) holds a number of documents relevant to the study of Indonesian and Indian epigraphy.
dharma-yuvamahārāja-śrī-viṣṇugopa “The glorious Viṣṇugopa, Crown prince [according to] dharma” Uruvupalli copper-plate grant, Andhra Pradesh, India, 5th c. DHARMA/EIAD/PALLAVA6p3r4=16
Photo by Emmanuel Francis 2017 ◊ Courtesy of University Library of Edinburgh
The DHARMA Project had scheduled its 3rd General Assembly and a 3-day workshop at Boulevard Raspail from March 16th to 18th. Due to corona-virus the initial programme has been adapted to videoconference. The 3rd General Assembly took place on Monday 16th while the PIs and engineers had a full-day discussion on Tuesday 17th.
On August 27, 2019, Emmanuel Francis visited the Śaiva temple complex at Tiruvoṟṟiyūr திருவொற்றியூர் (13°09’39.60″N, 80°17’56.30″E; Figs. 1‒2), in the North of Chennai (ex-Madras). The temple-site is one of the richest in inscriptions in the region, with no less than 200 inscriptions.
On August 24 & 25, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed the site of Uttiramērūr உத்திரமேரூர் or Uttaramērūr உத்தரமேரூர், focussing on the Vaikuṇṭhaperumāḷ temple (12°36’55.19″N, 79°45’29.63″E; Fig. 1), which, rather than a usual temple was in fact the seat of the local assembly (sabhā) of Brahmins during the Pallava and Cōḻa periods.