Hero Stone
Title Hero Stone
Accession Number acc-no-0003
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, Goa
Gallery Name Gallery no-4
Object Type Sculpture
Main Material Basalt
Country India
Provenance Bethki Village, Bisolli Taluka/Ponda Taluka, Goa
Find Place Bethki Village
Style Kadamba/Yadava
Patron/Dynasty Kadamba/Yadava
Period / Year of Work 11th Century AD
Tribe Kadamba/Yadava
Culture Kadamba/Yadava
Dimensions 0.96 m X 0.44 m X 0.11 m
Brief Description Inscribed Viragal slab with three sculptured panels
Detailed Description Inscribed Viragal slab with three sculptured panels illustrate voluntary immolation of a Hero by fire representing the hero seated with folded hands amidst the flames. Musician on the left side and a person in an adoring attitude accompany the act of self immolation. In the middle panels the hero is being lifted to heaven by four apsaras (celestial damsels), two of them have chamaras in their hands. The upper most panel depicts the hero on his way to heaven on horseback in place of his usual seat in heaven. The top portion of the slab replicates a two tiered south Indian temple sikhara (superstructure).