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[1r][Engraving of a candrabindu] [Engraving of a trident] [Engraving of a candrabindu]1ऽसं८८०पौषसुद्धि१३श्री३त्रिलिंगेश्वरशदाशिवपितिनभूयसएव﹨अमलगिरिगुसाहिन﹨स्व
On the 13th of the bright fortnight of Pauṣa in NS 880 (1760 CE), Amara Girī Gosāīṃ (text: Amala Giri Gusāhi) in a clear state of mind donated the entire house he was residing in along with a plot containing a demolished house to the thrice-glorious Triliṅgeśvara Sadāśiva.
On Wednesday, the full moon day of the bright fortnight of Vaiśākha in NS 863 (1743 CE), Amara Girī Gosāīṃ (text: Amara Giri Gusāyī), a resident in the lāchi section of Bāhālukhā (text: Bāhāralukhā), donated revenue [from land belonging to him] for the daily worship of the thrice-glorious Triliṅgeśvara Sadāśiva. Plots were donated in the area around Aphala and Bhuyayovatiki, the revenue from which was to be used for the daily worship of the deity, for items like akṣata (unhusked rice), gaṃdha (a fragrant substance), flowers, dhūpa (incense), dīpa (lamps) and naivedya (food items offered to a deity). Nīlakaṇṭha Bhaṭṭa of Vaṃlā was to be the priest to perform the daily rituals, for which he was entitled to receive 90 phãs of rice. On the day of Śivarātrī, the deity was to be offered special worship with revenue from the plots in Haraḍa Grāmakka and Kalāmati. Pātravaṃśa Rāvata Marubābu and Pātravaṃśa Rāvata Dhanabābu of Bāsa Nani in Bāhālukhā, and Balabhadra Bhāro and Jasavanta Siṃha Bhāro of Bāhālukhā were to serve as caretakers of the guṭhī and ensure the continuation of the rituals.
This inscription records two donations that were made within the span of 17 years by the same person (mentioned in variant spellings of the name). Evidently the later donation of a house in 1760 CE was inscribed on the same inscription that was installed in 1743 CE to record the initial donation of lands to observe the daily rituals of Triliṅgeśvara Mahādeva. This was probably done because on both occasions Amara Girī Gosāīṃ was the donor. Initially he donated plots in various places to support the daily rituals of the deity including separate land for the deity's worship on Śivarātri. A little less than two decades later he donated the house he was living in along with a plot with a demolished house to the deity.
Giri is a caste name of ascetics who traditionally lived in maṭhas. The location of the house he donated to the deity is unclear, but the inscription reveals that he was a resident of Yautāgṛha ('western house') in the lāchi section of Bāhālukhā. Therefore, the house he donated must have been to the west of Bahālukhā's town square. There is a Girī maṭha with a medium-sized courtyard west of the Triliṅgeśvara Mahādeva temple, but it is not clear if the house he donated was the maṭha itself.