𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘶 𝘉𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘵 (𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘦) 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘬 𝘛𝘰𝘬 𝘒𝘶𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘶 𝘉𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘶.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗕𝗮𝘁𝘂 𝗕𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗸 𝗧𝗼𝗸 𝗞𝘂𝗻?
The Batu Bersurat Cherok Tok Kun is an ancient Sanskrit inscription stone dated to around the 5th century, back to when there was an Indianized settlement in the Bujang Valley. This inscription stone is the southern-most relic found from the Bujang Valley.
The inscription stone was discovered in 1845 by Lieutenant Col. James Low, Acting Resident Councillor of Penang. He noted that there are 7 inscriptions and in Sanskrit. He also noted that the longest inscription is 10 feet.
The inscription is somewhat eroded as it is over 1500 years old (between the 5th and 6th centuries). The vandalism on megalith has also made reading difficult. The inscription was later examined by Laidlay (1886) and he recorded it as Pali and translated the inscription.
The following is the inscription translated to Bahasa Malaysia:
“𝘚𝘢𝘺𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘬𝘶𝘪 𝘬𝘦𝘸𝘶𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘶𝘩 𝘙𝘢𝘫𝘢 𝘙𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘣𝘩𝘢. 𝘐𝘯𝘪 𝘥𝘪𝘬𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘩 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘬𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘢, 𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘬𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘶𝘢 𝘉𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘩𝘢-𝘉𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘩𝘢. 𝘋𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘮 𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘱 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘬 𝘬𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘩𝘶𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘪 𝘥𝘪 𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘶𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘶𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘢. 𝘒𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘯 𝘱𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘢 𝘬𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘢” (𝘓𝘢𝘪𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘺 1848)."
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝘁𝘂 𝗕𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗸 𝗧𝗼𝗸 𝗞𝘂𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱?
Believe it or not, the megalith is located inside the St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam. Ask the security guard where is the Batu Bersurat to get the direction. Put on your Indiana Jones hat and seek out the 7 eroded inscriptions on the block of granite.
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