Hyderabad: Noted historian Dr Dyavanapalli Satyanarayana has come across a rare discovery that could pre-date and prove that Telugu was the root language of the Indus valley seal scripts. This comes after he studied the motifs of rock paintings of Rachakonda, which he had discovered in October, 2014. “During my study of the Rachakonda paintings I learnt that they contained pre-Indus deity Pasupati Shiva and pre-Indus letters. The chief symbol engraved on the rock wall space at the entrance gate of Gurralagutta of Rachakonda is that of a man sitting in yogic posture,” he said.
This engraving, he said, looked like a prototype of the Pasupati Shiva of the Indus seal scripts. This engraving has no surrounding animals like its counterpart in Indus sites. “This means the Rachakonda paintings predated the Indus script as opined by scholars that the Dravidian script migrated to the Indus area. The Indus Pasupati is red as Katamaran by Raghavan. The similar folk ballad of Katamaraya is sung even today in Telangana,” he added.
Another man like symbol with a head dress is interpreted as the ideographic syllable of a priest whose figure was also found in the Rachakonda paintings. The chakra like motif of Indus script is red by Raghavan meaning nagara. The same chakra (or quadrangular with hallows) symbols of Rachakonda paintings are called naguru even today by Padmanayaka tribals and are being drawn before their deities. Incidentally, the Padmanayakas ruled Telangana from Rachakonda after the Kakatiyas from Warangal.
“It can also be construed that the decimal numeration was used by Telugus several dozen centuries before Aryans. SR Rao observed that the Indus script letters which appeared like the capital letter E turning leftward and upward and leg bone like motifs represent numbers. Mahadevan and Raghavan opined that the series of I’s in Indus script represent numbers each conveying one. The proofs for these opinions are found in Rachakonda paintings,” he added. Therefore the series of lines that were found can be assumed to represent the mentioned number of villages or rajyas under a king, he said.