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Title: Halmidi  
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Subject: Old Kannada, History of Karnataka, Early Indian epigraphy, Taluks of Karnataka, Anandavana
Collection: Cities and Towns in Hassan District, History of Karnataka
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Halmidi Inscription replica
Halmidi Inscription replica
Halmidi is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Country  India
State Karnataka
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Halmidi (Kannada: ಹಲ್ಮಿಡಿ) is a small village in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India, near the temple town of Belur. Halmidi is best known as the place where the oldest known inscription exclusively in Kannada language, the so-called Halmidi inscription, was discovered. Anterior to this, many inscriptions with Kannada words have been discovered, such as Brahmagiri edict of 230 BCE of Emperor Ashoka. However, this is the first full length inscription in Kannada.[1][2] This inscription is generally known as the Halmidi inscription and consists of sixteen lines carved on a sandstone slab. It has been dated to 450 CE and demonstrates that Kannada was used as a language of administration at that time.[3][4] The inscription is in primitive Kannada with distinctive characteristics attributed to those of Proto-Kannada and uses Kannada script similar to Brahmi characters.[5]

Halmidi village is locatedd between Chikmagalur city and Belur town. In recognition of the cultural importance of the inscription, and the role played by the village of Halmidi in its preservation, the Government of Karnataka has spent INR 2.5 million on developing infrastructural facilities in the village, and on building a mantapa to house a fibreglass replica of the original inscription. The Government has also begun to promote the village as a place of historical interest.


  1. ^ Language of the Inscriptions - Sanskrit and Dravidiian - Archaeological Survey of India
  2. ^ "Halmidi inscription". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 31 October 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Halmidi inscription proves antiquity of Kannada: Moily". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 24 October 2004. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  4. ^ K.V. Ramesh, Chalukyas of Vatapi, 1984, Agam Kala Prakashan, Delhi OCLC 13869730 OL3007052M LCCN 84-900575 ASIN B0006EHSP0 p10
  5. ^ "Halmidi inscription". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 31 October 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 

External links

  • Picture of the Halmidi inscription
  • A report in The Hindu
  • Halmidi village finally on the road to recognition

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