31st July 2018.
During our visit in Kongu region, had seen three hero stones, which are unique and erected for different purposes. It is worth to note that, more number of Chozha period Hero stones available out side Thanjavur region. In all the three hero stones the heros are facing straight, but in the case of Chengam Nadukarkal – Hero stones hero will be facing left or right. I extend my sincere thanks to Erode Sakthi Prakash for taking me to all these places.
A 11th CENTURY, RAJENDRA CHOZHA PERIOD HERO STONE AT THUKKACHI ( MURUGAMPALAYAM )
This hero stone is at the centre and made like stone house. On the right side it has the inscriptions. The hero shown in the form of relief. The hero holds a sword on his right hand and a bow on his left hand. The hair is tied with a cloth which flutter by the air. A kattar is shown on his hip and dress below the hip up to knee is shown. This hero stone was ereceted during Rajendra Chozha ( 1012- 1044 AD ) period on the banks of river Noyyal, in Kongu region. The inscription starts with Rajendra Chozha’s title. As per the inscription. This hero stone was erected to a Vettuvan ( Vettuvar Commuinty ) by name Azhakan Kali. The reason for the death is not known. From the relief and the inscription, we may presume that he must be soldier with Rajendra Chozha’s army and not an ordinary soldier. Somebody has the different view that the hero might have killed during the war against Cheras.
1) ஸ்வஸ்தி ஸ்ரீ பூர்வ தேசமும் கங்கையும்2) கடாரமும் கொண்ட ஸ்ரீ இராஜேந்திர
3) சோழர்க்கு செல்லநின்ற யாண்டு
4) .......... ஊராளி வேட்டுவன் அழகன்
5) காளி அவன் இதில் பட்டான்
This hero stone was identified and documented by Pulavar Rasu, who worked with Thanjavur Tamil Univerity.
LOCATION:Lat: 11deg 2’ 49.23” & Long 77deg 50’ 25.57
A 10th CENTURY HERO STONE WITH INSCRIPTION IN THE FORM OF A SONG AT PAZHAMANGALAM
This 10th century Hero stone was erected for Karaya kulam ( a branch of a Vettuvar Kulam ), Chokkan. The inscription is in the form a venpa style song. This is the only one Hero stone available with this type of inscription from the available Hero Stones. The Local people calls this as Vedan Kal or Vedan Swamy. The present Pazhamangalam was mentioned as Pukazhl mangalam. It was learnt that Big merchants had done business from this place,
" வாய்த்தபுகழ் மங்கலத்து வந்தெதிர்ந்த மாற்றலரைச்
நிக்வேணம் கற்பொறிக்கப் பட்டான் கறைய குலச்
சொக்கனேந்த வேவுலகல் தான்"
ARE 217 of 1977 (வெண்பா)
LOCATION: Lat 11 deg 9’ 45.01 and Long 77deg 49’ 15.90”
A 9th CENTURY HERO STONE AT INJAMPALLI.
This place Injmpalli near Modakurichi is on the way to Kodumudi from Erode. In this hero stone group, on the left the hero is standing with a bow in his left hand and right hand is resting on his hip. On the right the hero is killing the opponent with his knife and we could see the edge of the knife on the back of the opponent.Also he hols the head hair of the openent with his left hand Dres is shown below the hip up to knee for the hero and his opponent. The heros dress knot is beautifully shown Hero wears pathra kundalam in his ears. It was told that both heros are a same person. By the side of these hero stones another hero stone is lying in slanding position, These hero stones are under worship and people calls this hero stone as “Vedan Samy”.
It was told that, this hero stone was erected for a person who might have killed in the process of Village quarrel or fight. As per the news paper it was claimed that this hero stone belongs to 9th Century, but the experts are of the opinion that this must belongs to 15th to 16th Century.