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Rare herostone of Hoysala period found near Pandavapura

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Mysuru: A rare and unique stone inscription belonging to the Hoysala period has been discovered at Chakashettyhalli in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district.

The inscription commemorates Masanayya, a warrior also a Sthanika, an important position in Hoysala administration, who is wounded in the war. Unable to come to terms with it, Masanayya’s wife wishes to die. Masanayya stabs her to death before stabbing himself to death. This is the first time that an inscription commemorating a warrior who died after stabbing his wife and himself to death has been found in Hoysala period or any other dynasty.

Generally, hero stones are erected to commemorate the warrior who would have sacrificed his life for the kingdom and Mahasati stones are erected to the deceased husband’s wife.
This rare and unique inscription was discovered by a team from the Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Kannada of Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysuru.

Following the information provided by archaeologist and heritage expert Rangaraju NS, Shashidhara CA, a senior research fellow of CESCK discovered this hero stone. The hero stone is said to be of the time of Veeraballala II of the Hoysalas. 

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