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An arjī from Mohana Siṁha acknowledging the receipt of an elephant (VS 1882)

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Edited and translated by Axel Michaels in collaboration with Manik Bajracharya and Rajan Khatiwoda
Created: 2014-12-16; Last modified: 2018-06-20
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This arjī, written by Mohana Siṃgha from Patna, acknowledges the receipt of an elephant for the wedding ceremony of his two brothers.

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1अर्जी­¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯
2उप्रांत­श्रीसाहेवके­येकवालसे­सादी­हमारे­दो­भाइका­ हुआ­सादीके­ष
6सव­चरणरवींदका­ है­अर्जीमे­जे­आदा­केआ­वींती­करै­हमेसे­नजर­प्र
8रोज­ ३­मोकाम­पटना­¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯

9सेव़क­मोहन­सीघका­सेव़ा­सलाम­वंदगी­¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯



Śrī Rāma


[Regarding the ] following: The wedding of our two brothers happened by the grace of [our] glorious Sāheba. A request [letter] to [be placed at] your feet was written regarding the wedding expenses. Mannu wrote that one elephant measuring four and half cubits was granted by [you], Lotusfooted One, for the wedding expenses. You have casted your protector's eyes on your servant, [and] we are uplifted. Name, fame—everything—is yours, Lotus-footed One.1 Whatever has been explained in [above mentioned] arjī, I requested here [again]. Please continue to cast your protecting eyes on us.

Tuesday, the 5th of the dark fortnight of Śrāvaṇa in the [Vikrama] era year 1882 (1825 CE), residence Patna.

[Your] servant Mohana Siṃgha at your service, greetings and salutations.


This document has been published in Bajracharya/Khatiwoda/Michaels 2015: 99-100.


1. lit. Name and fame etc. are at your lotus feet. []