Rare Chola era ‘hero’ stone from the 9th century unearthed in Tamil Nadu
A 9th-century rare Chola era ‘hero‘ stone was unearthed by the Tamil history enthusiasts’ group Thonman Varalatru Aaivu recently in Sindhapuri village near Harur in Tamil Nadu.
The stone depicts the hero holding a sword in one hand and jewellery in the other hand and researchers of archeology and architecture said that this type of Chola stone was rare and that further studies would unravel the mystery of the Adhiyaman dynasty and its connection with the Chola dynasty.
The History Department of the Dharmapuri Arts college has conducted a detailed study on the stone and found that it belongs to the 9th or 10th-century era.
Sources in the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) said that the students of the Dharmapuri Arts College are supporting the endeavour of the history enthusiasts’ group to unravel the 9th century Chola period stone.
The history department in its study found that the stone was rare and that the socio-cultural aspects related to the stone give a clear indication that it belongs to the Chola period and that it was carved around the 9th or 10th century to honour a small king of the Chola dynasty.
S Illantharayan, of Thonman Varalatru Aaivu, told the media persons that this particular hero stone has not been registered with the ASI and that they have appealed to the Government of India to protect such stones in Chalakudy Junction.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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