In the past, the death of valiant warriors was often immortalised by the erection of a memorial in the form of a staff, a stone, or even a shrine. This beautiful hero stone from Karnataka commemorates the heroic death of a fighter who fought in many wars before he rested.
The inscription states that Basavayya-Nayaka reposes near the Panchalinga, after having felled 3 people in a battle that he fought against 30 people on the road to Sogala. The deceased hero is described to belong to the household of Rayarajaguru Mandalacharya Samayachakravarti Ishanyadavaru.
Shaka 1204/1282 CE