Rajan Khatiwoda, Rajendra Shakya and Ravi Shakya
in collaboration with
Ramhari Timalsina and Simon Cubelic
Created: 2020-05-08; Last modified: 2021-09-06
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[1r][Engraving of the moon] [Engraving of Gaṇeśa] [Engraving of the sun] [Ornamental engraving]1ॐनमोगणेशाय।प्रारंभेभनणेभंगेयनादस्यदविंदवः[...]
The inscription records the installation of a finial on top of the thrice-glorious Buinā Gaṇeśa temple commissioned by Vīra Sāhi Kumharaju on the 7th day of the bright fortnight of Mārga in NS 801 (1680 CE). He, along with his wife Ratnāvatī, also donates 2 ropanīs of land in Tavadola for observing the annual worship (varṣabandhana) of the finial. A butter lamp is to be lighted the day before the annual worship in honour of the deity, for which purpose two prasthas of ghee are to be obtained. On the day of the varṣabandhana, a Brahmin and a preceptor (ācārya) are to be invited to perform the worship, which calls for a sacrificial animal. Twelve pāthīs of rice out of the total revenue from the land is to be allocated for the renovation of the temple. The members of the guṭhī are to take care of all arrangements, and will suffer the consequences of committing the sin of nullifying the donation deed if they do not do so.
The donor Vīra Sāhī Kumharaju appears to have been a prince, as he is referred to as a rājaputra in the inscription. The honourific particle ju suffixed to his name also suggests that he was of high rank. No other detail is learned about him from the inscription, which mentions a guṭhī that made arrangements when it came to observing the anniversary of the installation of the finial. As it does not mention the names of caretakers, though, the guṭhī probably is the same one that looked after the whole temple rather than a more specialized one.