Hero Stones of Maharashtra
The subject of Hero Stones was neglected for long because of the misunderstandings and lack of awareness. Today at Bharat Etihas Sanshodhan, the Hero Stones are treated as the sources of information for the research. That is why the scholars have diverted their attention towards them.
In the last 7 to 8 years my books namely ‘Vikhuralelya Etihas Khuna’ and ‘Durgaleni- Div, Daman Goa’ and also through my articles in newspapers I have published information on Hero Stones. After reading those published matter, Mr. Dalavi had suggested that there should be an independent book on Hero Stones in simple Marathi language. He was willing to publish that through ‘Etihas Parishad, Konkan.’ He also suggested writing on the Hero Stones from Maharashtra State. This had some challenges because the Hero Stones are located in nook and corner of the villages, temples, hills, on the borders of the towns of Maharashtra. Some of them had lovely events carved on them. But there are no inscriptions talking about the names and details of those Heroes. So it was difficult to write about such nameless Hero Stones. Mr. Dalavi also insisted on the information should not be based on mythology or folk tales. In the region of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh or even in Gujarat, Rajasthan there are Hero Stones or Sati Stones with the names of the Heroes, Kings and the Sati in the form of inscriptions. But there are no such inscriptions on the Hero Stones in Maharashtra, with an exception of Mathagaon. In my travel for Hero Stones for last 45 years I have come across number of them on different forts and in the region of Sahyadri Mountain ranges. Now I had to start my search for inscriptions on the Hero Stones. I read the articles written on Hero Stones. I came across the book ‘Memorial Stones’ published in the year 1982 by Gunther D. Sontheimer and Setter S. who were the scholars in the Culture of Maharashtra. I also came across some information at Karnataka University and Dharwad. ….
My other books namely ‘Durgyatri’, ‘Durgsampada Thanyachi’, Thane Killa’, Vikhuralelya Etihas Khuna’, Fort Caves- Goa, Daman and Diu’, have been well received by the readers. I expect the same love and affection from the readers and scholars of History for this new project of ‘Hero Stones of Maharashtra’.
- Sadashiv Tetvilkar