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Updated: April 27, 2012 14:11 IST

Ancient hero stone with inscriptions unearthed

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ETCHED IN HISTORY: The hero stone that was unearthed at Karattampatti near Thuraiyur. Photo: Special Arrangement
ETCHED IN HISTORY: The hero stone that was unearthed at Karattampatti near Thuraiyur. Photo: Special Arrangement

Belongs to 31 regnal year of Paranthaga Chola-I (AD 938)

An ancient hero stone with inscriptions has been unearthed at Karattampatti near Thuraiyur, about 35 km from here.

The hero stone was discovered from a field at a village during a field study taken up by a research team led by Subash Chandira Bose, advisor for the archaeological wing of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Coimbatore, following a tip-off given by Durairaj, a local resident.

Mr.Bose, in a press release, said the bas-relief hero stone measuring 30 centimetres in width and 92 centimetres in height has been carved within a rectangular vertical frame with excellent craftsmanship. It depicts a warrior holding a sword in his left arm.

The inscription belongs to the 31 regnal year of Paranthaga Chola-I (AD 938), also known as Madurai Kondan, he said.

The inscription on the stone says that the people of Viriyur had donated a non-taxable land to the daughter of hero known as Nagan who sacrificed his life to bring back a herd cows taken away by a group.

The inscription also refers to a few names of places such as Miamaa Nadu, Valluvappadi, Viriyur, Oottrathur Nadu, Paadaavur and Ainjurinimangal.

The field study was carried out by a research team comprising Iravindran, Ramkumar, Balakrishnan, Stapathi Palanisamy, with the help of Devaraj and Palaniyandi and a few school students, the release said.

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