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Unknown Facts about Kannada Language and Karnataka you Must Know

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Amongst the South Indian Languages, there is written data available for Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages. Whereas, Tamil Shaashanaas (records) have been found dating from 3rd century B. C.; in Kannada, the first shaashana is the 450 A.D. Halmidi shaashana. Ancient books like Vaddaaraadhane (800), Kaviraja Marga (850) are also available.

Though written literature appeared later, there are many other sources and proofs to prove Kannada's antiquity:

1. 450 B.C. paaNini's "aShTaadhaayi" has a reference to a "karnaadhaka" gOtra

2. 250 B.C. King Ashoka's shaashana has a reference to name called "isila" which is said to be Kannada origin

3. 80 B.C. In the Prakrit shaashana of Madhavpur-Vadagavi, the word "NaaTapati" is a word of Kannada origin

4. 150 A.D. Ancient Greek historian Ptolemy's book "Pappyrus" Kannada towns "kalligere", "baadaami", "mudugal" find mention.

5. 150 A.D. In the ancient Greek comedy "Aksirinkas Pappyri" there has been an attempt to understand Kannada words

6. 150 A.D.In a Prakrit shaashana, there are Kannada words like "maTTapaTTi" (maLavaLLi)

7. There is an abundance of Kannada in many Prakrit shaashanas:

a. Words "nagipa", "saMkapa" found in the 100 B.C.Prakrit shaashana have a Kannada form

b. Usage of words like "manaaLi" originates in the union of two Kannada words "mun" + "paLLi"

c. Kannada towns have been named in constructs like "saMbalIva oora vaasinO"

d. "mooDaaNa" a word used in different languages to represent the Eastern direction is of Kannada origin

8. 150 A.D. In the Prakrit book "gaathaa saptashati" written by Haala Raja, Kannada words like "tIr", "tuppa", "peTTu", "poTTu" have been used.

9. 250 A.D. On the Pallava Prakrit shaashana of Hire Hadagali's Shivaskandavarman, Kannada word "kOTe" transforms into "koTTa"

10. 250 A.D. In the Tamil mega tome "shilappadikaaraM" written by Ilango Adi, there is reference to Kannada in the form of the ! word "karunaaDagar"

11. 350 A.D. In the Chandravalli Prakrit shaasana, words of Kannada origin like "punaaTa", "puNaDa" have been used.

12. 250 A.D. In one more Prakrit shaasana found in Malavalli,

13. Kannada towns like "vEgooraM" (bEgooru), "kundamuchchaMDi" find reference.

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