• A small inscribed bronze plate was found in the Sohgaura village in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The inscription is written in Prakrit language and Brahmi script.
  • This four line inscription records an order issued from Manavasti by the officials of Shravasti regarding famine relief.
  • Scholars have assigned it different dates. A few of them assigned it pre- Ashokan and few others have assigned it post -Mauryan date.


  • This inscription is engraved on the piece of limestone and discovered at Mahasthangarh village in Bagura district of Bangladesh.
  • The script and language of this seven line inscription were similar to those of Ashokan inscription, but scholars are divided on its age.
  • The Mahasthan inscription appears to be an order issued by a ruler to the mahamatra stationed at Pundranagara (modern Mahasthangarh village) regarding the famine relief.
  • It prescribes steps to be taken at the time of famine, like distribution of paddy and advancing of loans.

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