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An example of the Vatteluttu script from an inscription by Rajaraja Chola I at the Brihadisvara temple in Thanjavur.
An example of the Vatteluttu script from an inscription by Rajaraja Chola I at the Brihadisvara temple in Thanjavur.

Vatteluttu (vaṭṭeḻuttu) or "rounded writing" is an abugida writing system used to write Dravidian languages of South India and Sri Lanka. It was also an ancient writing system used for writing Tamil language after the second century CE replacing an older Tamil-Brahmi script based on the brahmi writing system. This rounded form of writing was also used in Kerala to write in Tamil as well as in proto-Malayalam and Malayalam. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Note: This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Detail of a statue of Rajaraja at Brihadisvara Temple Rajaraja Chola I was the king of the Chola dynasty, who ruled between 985 and 1014 CE. Rajaraja, the greatest of all the Chola rulers of the Vijayalaya dynasty, laid the foundation for the growth of the Chola kingdom into an... The Brihadisvara temple (also spelled Brahadeeswarar temple) is an ancient Hindu temple located at Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. ... “Tanjore” redirects here. ... An abugida or alphasyllabary is a writing system composed of signs (graphemes) denoting consonants with an inherent following vowel, which are consistently modified to indicate other vowels (or, in some cases, the lack of a vowel). ... Writing systems of the world today. ... The Dravidian family of languages includes approximately 73 languages[1] that are mainly spoken in southern India and Sri Lanka, as well as certain areas in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and eastern and central India, as well as in parts of Afghanistan and Iran, and by overseas Dravidians in other countries... South India is a linguistic-cultural region of India that comprises the four Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Pondicherry, whose inhabitants are collectively referred to as South Indians. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Tamil Brahmi script, unlike standard Asokan Brahmi, distinguished between pure consonants and consonants with an inherent vowel marker Tamil-Brahmi was an early script used to write Tamil characters. ... BrāhmÄ« refers to the pre-modern members of the Brahmic family of scripts, attested from the 3rd century BC. The best known and earliest dated inscriptions in Brahmi are the rock-cut edicts of Ashoka. ... The Malayalam script is an abugida of the Brahmic family, used to write the Malayalam language. ...

Inscriptional records in the Tamil language date from 300 BCE to 1800 CE and have undergone varying changes through history.[1] The Grantha Tamil was an alphabet in which extra letters were created specifically for Sanskrit words. It was also a modified form of Tamil script to write Sanskrit granthas, or books. In Tamil many of the alphabets or letters which are found in Sanskrit are missing. An example of the Vatteluttu script from an inscription by Rajaraja Chola I at the Brihadisvara temple in Thanjavur. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Vatteluttu was also commonly known as the Pallava script by scholars of Southeast Asian studies such as George Coedes and D.G.E. Hall. The linguistic and cultural influence of Dravidian India on Southeast Asia is evident in the spread of writing and literacy beyond South Asia: the Pallavas, a Tamil dynasty from the early centuries of the Common Era (c. 275 to 500 CE), carried their writing system on their voyages to the east. The Pallava writing system forms the basis for several writing systems of Southeast Asia and beyond: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sulawesi (the Celebes) and the Philippines.[2] The Pallava kingdom (Tamil: பல்லவர்) was an ancient South Indian kingdom. ... Southeast Asian Studies refers to research and education on the culture and history of the different states and ethnic groups of Southeast Asia. ... George Coedës (1886-1969) spent his adult life filling in the spaces in Western knowledge of classical Southeast Asia. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... The Pallavas were hereditary Hindu rulers who dominated southeastern India between the 4th and 9th centuries. ... Location of Sulawesi Island (light green) among the various islands of Indonesia. ...

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Tamil copperplate inscriptions are mostly records of grants of villages or plots of cultivable lands to private individuals or public institutions, by the members of the various South Indian royal dynasties. ... Example of a Chola inscription in Tamil from the 12th century C.E. Siyakas Harsola Paramara copper plate of 1005 Indian copper plate inscriptions play an extremely important role in the reconstruction of the history of India. ... The Laguna Copperplate inscription, found 1989 in Laguna de Bay, in the metroplex of Manila, Philippines, has inscribed on it a date of Saka era 822, corresponding to April 21st, 900CE according to Vedic astronomy, containing words from Sanskrit, old Javanese, old Malay and old Tagalog, releasing its bearer, Namwaran...


  1. ^ Agesthialingom, S. & S.V. Shanmugam (1970). The Language of Tamil Inscriptions. Annamalainagar, India: Annamalai University. 
  2. ^ Steever, Sanford B. (1998). The Dravidian Languages. London; New York: Routledge. 



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