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Rare Hero stone of Vijayanagara unearthed

Historic researcher MyNaa  Swamy brought it to light

 A rarest Hero stone belonging to early period of Vijayanagara has been unearthed at Vanavolu village, Gorantla Mandal in Sri Sathya Sai district. Historic researcher MyNaa Swamy found the Hero stone (Veeragallu) with the help of Villagers on Saturday.

Hero stone at Vanavolu village in Sri Satya Sai District

Gorantla (SS Dist), Feb 18: Historic researcher MyNaa Swamy said in a statement that a rarest Hero stone of the Vijayanagara era was found in Vanavolu village in Gorantla mandal of Sri Satya Sai district. He visited the village on Saturday at the request of villagers to see the Ranganatha Swamy temple in Vanavolu. He was attracted by a stone lying next to a garbage dump, which was not only littered with garbage but also had firewood. With the help of the villagers, the scratch was  removed, and when the rock was seen, a rare and wonderful Veeragallu (hero stone) came to light.

The big stone was identified as a rare Veeragallu by MyNaa Swamy and found 2 inscriptions on it, dating back to 1405 AD. Veeragallu is divided into four sections. In the first part, the hero is next to Shiva, while on the other side of Shiva, Nandi is seated. In the second part, there is an inscription in the last part of another inscription. Veeragallu is about 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 2 feet thick. In the lower part, the sculpture is depicted as bidding farewell to the hero and his wife, Sati, before departing. They sit on a dais with a pillar on their right. One hand is showing the inscription. In the lower part, the hero is standing, while on the other side, he is holding the horse. The inscription under the sculptures contains details related to Sati Sahagamana. The inscription begins with …. Swastisri Jayaabhyudaya Saka varsha 1327 Paarthiva samavatsara. The inscription is in Kannada, MyNa Swamy explained.

Researcher revealed that..this hero stone was erected to mark the death of a Hero called Ramachandra Deva Nayakaru in 1405 AD (English date). It was during the reign of Hari Hara Raya II of the Vijayanagara Empire. Ramachandra Deva Nayakaru died a heroic death in a battle fought at Penukonda of Vijayanagara Empire. The inscription says that Ramachandra Deva’s wife was Gangasani, daughter of merchant Bayanna Shetty of Pamidi. Vanavolu is the birthplace of Ramachandra Deva Nayakaru. That is why the beautifully sculpted stone was erected in Vanavolu. Mynaa Swamy requested archaeological authorities to safeguard the rare Hero stone. Villagers of Vanavolu expressed their happiness after knowing about Hero stone ‘s special features through MyNaa Swamy.

MyNaa Swamy
MyNaa Swamy
Myna Swamy's full name is Mylaram Narayana Swamy. A senior journalist who was a correspondent for Andhra Prabha, Indian Express, Andhra Jyothy, Ujwala and Subrabhatam. He is also a short story writer and novelist. Lepakshi is his latest book which received acclaim. It is being translated into English, French, Hindi, and other languages. His Forte is history. Mobile No: 9502659119

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