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Glorious Guhyakālī - 1
Glorious Paśupatinātha - 2
Attested, signature; Shamir Shumshere1
Signed by Ujīre Ghartī in attestation that the copy is identical with the original4
A fingerprint signature under a seal reading "The feet of glorious Kṛṣṇa [are] the refuge [of] Rājakumārī"; [and] since the (foregoing) signature, in a different ink (from the rest of the document), is unattested, [the name] Prema Bāhādura has been written.5
Written by Kajenī6 Rājakumārī Pãḍenī Chetryānī, resident of Naradevī Ṭola, to the female slave (keṭī) Indravadan and her son, the slave-boy (keṭo) Ujīre, [both acquired as] dowry.
"We have been attending and serving you from the past up until today. If now you provide us with a deed of emancipation (pārapatra), we will attend you throughout [all] eight praharas (i.e., around the clock) to take care of you with honest intent for the remainder of your life. While serving you, [our] mistress (sāhebako sarir, lit. mistress's body), we will do so by keeping alive [our] faithfulness, devotion and duty [to you]. Regarding money, valuables and property, if ever we intend you [our] mistress ill, may it never go well with us. We will not leave you and go elsewhere out of greed and sinfulness, having intended you ill, committed a crime, or intended something unlawful towards you. In accordance with the deed of emancipation granted by you, we will each act according to our wishes after your death. If, instead of remaining within [the terms of] agreement written in this deed, we go elsewhere while you are still alive, or if we, going [down] to sin and destruction from listening to [my] husband or anybody else, fail to remain within [the terms of] the agreement and go elsewhere, then—even if you have granted us the deed of emancipation, with the deities -1- (i.e., glorious Guhyakālī) and -2- (i.e., glorious Paśupatinātha) and five notables as witnesses—make us [your] slaves [again] and do [with us] as you wish. Since you have provided us with a deed of emancipation, we might mount a legal appeal (against re-enslavement). However, our [case] would admit of no appeal. We would not appeal; there is no appeal (we could mount). If we did file an appeal, please show that what is written in it is false. The agreement (kabulapatra) is [valid] only after your death. Nevertheless, we will not [afterwards] serve your descendants, rightful inheritors or anybody else. In accordance with this document, we will each live as we please."
I have written [this] deed of emancipation (pārapatrako nāmāpatra) willingly, having given instructions to act according to what is written in this document, and have handed it over to the aforementioned [persons acquired as] dowry, Indravadan and her son Ujīra Khavāsa.
Witnesses: Leutenant Bhīmbala Kavara, resident of Choḍola - 1, Harṣananda Gubhāju, resident of Asan - 1, Captain Indradhvaja Pāḍe, resident of Naikaṃtalā,
[1r-part2]Captain Viṣṇukumāra Pāḍe, Major Adjutant Ṭeka Bāhādura Pāḍe, SubedāraBaladhvaja Bhaḍārī Chetrī, resident of Ṭhamela [and] the scribe [and] witness Prayāgadatta Pādhyā.
The 2nd (i.e., Monday?) of the 7th of the dark fortnight of Phālguna in the [Vikrama] era year 1943 (1887 CE).
This is one of two documents copied together in a collection belonging to the Garuḍanārāyaṇa Guṭhī. Both this and the other document, K_0118_0033, officialize the emancipation of slaves Indravadan and Ujīre by Rājakumārī Pãḍenī. In the left margin of the document, Ujīre Ghartī attests that the copy is identical with the original. It is not clear if this Ujīre Ghartī is the same Ujīre mentioned in the document. Both the documents, K_0118_0032 and K_0118_0033, are good examples of how the slaves were made to work for their masters even after their emancipation.
For documents regarding a legal case involving Rājakumārī Pãḍenī, see K_0175_0018, K_0118_0039 etc., K_0175_0032 and K_0175_0033, which are the receipts of an expiation fee paid by her, and K_0175_0034, which is a patiyā-pūrjī issued to her.