Plea to protect hero stone in Srinivaspur

Plea to protect hero stone in Srinivaspur

Plea to protect hero stone in Srinivaspur

A huge veeragallu (hero stone) measuring 12 ft x 6 ft adorns the entrance to the Someshwara temple in Nambihalli of Srinivaspur taluk.

This hero stone of historical significance was subject to applying of limestone wash and other colours during the recent festival at the temple.

The hero stone probably belongs to the 9th or 10th century during the time of the Gangas or Nalamba dynasty. The stone which was buried under the earth was discovered by historian and researcher Prof K R Narasimhan.

This hero stone stands out when compared with other hero stones and is in good condition. Battle scenes have been intricately carved on the stone.

Soldiers riding on horses and elephants are found battling, the body of a soldier on a horse, royal umbrella, flag and dancers. What is surprising is the carving of a woman mahout (elephant trainer) in the battlefield.

After the hero stone was excavated, it is exposed to the elements and also disfigurement by the way of applying limestone coat and paint.

History teachers N Sriram Reddy says that the department concerned should take steps to protect this historic relic.

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