Sunday, 23 April 2017

SATI STONES, MENHIRS, HERO STONES AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT SITES ON THE WAY TO POLLACHI FROM COIMBATORE – A HERITAGE VISIT.

14th April 2017.
தமிழ்நாடு மரபுசார் தன்னார்வலர் குழுவைச் சேர்ந்த திருவாளர்கள் விஜயகுமார், ஆனந்தகுமார்,  கிரீஷ், தமிழரசி, இவர்களுடன் சேர்ந்து அடியேனும் கோவையில் இருந்து பொள்ளாச்சி வரை கோவில்கள் மற்றும் வரலாற்று முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்த இடங்களைக் காண பயணித்த போது திரு விஜயகுமார் அவர்கள் வழியில் குத்துக்கற்கள், உளியால் வெட்டப்பட்ட மைல்கற்கள், வீரகற்கள், சதிக்கற்கள், ஈமகுழிகளுடன் கூடிய கல்வட்டங்கள் ஆகியவற்றைக் காட்டினார். காலத்தால் முற்ப்பட்டவைகளைக்காணும் போது மனதில் ஒரு இனம் புரியாத ஒரு நெகிழ்வு.. வார்த்தைகளால் வர்ணிக்க முடியவில்லை. நாங்கள் அதைப்பற்றி சரியாகத்தான் புரிந்து கொண்டோமா என்று தெரியவில்லை. ஆறிஞர்களும், தொல்லியல் ஆய்வாளர்களும் இந்த கட்டுரைப் பகுதியைக் காணும்போது எங்களுடைய ஊகம் சரியில்லை எனில் எங்களுடைய அறியாமையை மன்னித்து விளக்கம் கூற வேண்டுகின்றோம்

During my heritage visit along with  M/s Vijayakumar, Ananda kumar, Gireesh and Thamilarasi of Tamilnadu Heritage Forum from Coimbatore to Pollachi  to see temples and historically important places, on the way Mr Vijayakumar had shown number  of Menhirs, Hero stones, sati stones, cairn circles etc. We do not know, whether they are documented or really what they are. I had written the details what we assumed.   We may be wrong too. We request the historians and archaeologists,  may throw some light on this, really what they are.

SATI STONES.
We had seen such sati stones in three places one at Vadasithur, two numbers at Devanampalayam and one at Kappalangarai. We do not know much details about it and I had written what I assumed.
LOCATION:CLICK HERE
This sati stone is on the way between Vadasithu and Panapatti Village near Pollachi. As per the local people this was found on the banks of the branch river of Noyyal, which feeds water to Kothavadi pond. People call this as Mathurai Veeran and the ladies are Vellaiyamma and Pommi. As per the hair style this seems to be of Nayak Period.  

This Sati stone is in front of Sri Parvathy Samedha Sri Paramasivan temple at Kappalangkarai. May belongs to Nayak Period with reference to the hair style. LOCATION:CLICK HERE




These three sati stones are scattered under the banyan tree near Sri Amaneeshwarar Temple at Devanampalayam, may belongs to Nayak Period as per the hair style. LOCATION: CLICK HERE

MENHIRS குத்துக் கற்கள் )
This menhirs are of short  erected in an eri at Mayiladum parai on the way from Pothanur to Chettipalayam Road.
LOCATION:CLICK HERE




This Menhir is erected near Sri Amaneeshwarar temple on the banks of Karpakanathi, at Devanampalayam. This temple ad the menhirs are little away from the human habitats.
LOCATION: CLICK HERE

HERO STONE AND IYYANAR STATUE, AT PERIYAKALANTHAI
This hero stone is erected in the premises of Sri Adheeswarar Temple on the out side wall of bairavar sannadhi at Periyakalanthai.  In addition to this there is an Iyyanar Sannadhi on the south east corner of the temple. The Hero holds a bow in his left hand with an arrow on the right and aiming to shoot.
LOCATION:CLICK HERE


This hero stone is in front of a dilapidated Perumal temple near Sri Amaneeshwarar Temple at Devanampalayam. As per the historians this might belongs to Nayak period and a special in this is the hero holds a gun.  LOCATION: CLICK HERE

This Iyyanar face was defaced and do not know the period, is in the Periyakalanthai Shiva Temple. LOCATION : CLICK HERE

TUBS CHISELED OUT OF STONE TO FEED WATER TO CATTLES.
We had seen two such tubs at KATTAMPATTI. We could not see much details, since there were kept in side fence. There is a Perumal temple in dilapidated condition but still the Perumal is being worshipped by the locals.
LOCATION:CLICK HERE



MEGALITHIC BURIAL SITES ( CAIRN CIRCLES ) AT PANAPATTI.
There are many megalithic burial sites at Panapatti, very near to Pollachi, on which lot of wind mills has come for generating power. Most of the sites are disturbed and damaged. A very few are in good shape.
LOCATION:CLICK HERE
Megalithic burial sites at Panapatti village near Pollachi. 
Megalithic burial sites at Panapatti village near Pollachi. 
The bottom of the muthumakkal thali..a pot used to keep the dead and buried

THE MILE STONES மைல் கற்கள் )
This mile stone is about 6 miles away from Coimbatore on the Pothanur to Coimbatore. The letters are engraved on the stone. After that a few KM away,  we came across another mile stone in which many lines are engraved. We could not figure it since the stone was painted many times and not legible to read.
This is a mile stone erected may be during 19th or 20th century with lettered engraved. 6 Miles to Pothanur from Coimbatore 



This is also a mile stone and the letters engraved ar not legible to read due to paint.


This is a boundary stone with soolam erected on the pherifery of the land donated to a temple.

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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