Wednesday, 20 June 2018

HERO STONES AT AMACHAVADI, NEAR SAMRAJNAGAR – TALAKAD HERITAGE VISIT.

17th June 218.
After Chikkahole Hero and sati stones visit we headed towards Amachavadi. Mr John Peter had brought a news paper cutting in which a group of hero stones, which are appeared in the the recent days news paper, identified by a researcher. Before that, We had seen a Hero stone erected for 7 persons at the entrance of the Village. The Villagers guided us to a group of 12 hero stones erected under a tree. But we could not identify the location of the group of Hero stones, which appeared in the news paper till we left the Village. One the way had seen 4 hero stones erected inside a Vinayagar Temple, a hero stone in an Amman Temple and a hero stone by the side of the road. The details are….

THREE TIER HERO STONE.
This hero stone was erected for a group of 7 persons. In the bottom tier the heros are on the horses and fighting with other groups. In addition to the battle field, two women are shown on the left side. It was told that fight was for the women, may be to save them. In the middle tier the 7 heros are taken to the heaven by two angels. In the top tier the seven heros are shown in sitting posture and worshiping lord Shiva. Out of 7 heros 3 heros are sitting in yoga posture with yoga patti. Since the stone was eroded, the first two looks like women.



HERO STONES AT VINAYAGAR TEMPLE
There are 5 hero stones erected in a row. The first one is a 3 tier hero stone erected for a group of 4 heros. In the first tier a battle field is shown in which the heros are fighting. In the second tier the 4 heros are taken to the heaven by the angels. In the top tier the 4 heros are worshiping Lord Shiva in sitting posture.

The second hero stone is also of 3 tiers in which the hero is fighting with the opponent  and in the second tier the the hero was taken to the heaven. In the top tier, the hero is worshiping Lord Krishna in sitting posture. Krishna playing flute with cattle around him are shown since the hero is a vaisnavite.

The 3rd Nadukal is a sati stone in which the  hero and his wife are shown in the first tier. The husband and wife are taken to the heaven by the angels shown in the second tier. In the third tier both are  worshiping lord shiva in sitting posture.
The fourth one is also a 3 tier  ‘Pulikuthu kal‘ ( hero stone for killing a tiger ). In the top tier the hero is shown doing pooja to lord Shiva.

The 5th one is a ‘ondi kai masti stone’ is nothing but a sati stone in which hero and his wife are shown below a hand holding a lemon.

A GROUP OF 12 HERO STONES.
These group of 12 hero stones are erected under the trees and platform also constructed. Let us see the important hero stones alone. The bigger/ taller one is a 3 tier hero stone. The bottom tier is shown with two heros on the left and the opponent on the right. In the middle tier the two heros are taken to the heaven by the three angels and they are Ramba, Menaka and Urvasi. In the top tier the two heros are worshiping lord shiva in sitting posture.



Another important Nadukal is also a 3 tier hero stone erected for a lady, who died due to a snake bite. The snake is shown in the bottom tier.

In addition to the above we had seen some hero stones in this village and a Koil Veedu for a sati stone.
 A road side hero stone 
 A sati stone – near the Amman temple 

 A sati stone – near the Amman temple 

 Kovil Veedu with ondi kai masti – sati stone 
 Kovil Veedu with ondi kai masti – sati stone 

The yanthira kals erected at the entrance of the Village, probably for not allowing any decease in side the Village 
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---  

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