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300-year-old sati stone discovered

22 Mar 2018 05:59am IST
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22 Mar 2018 05:59am IST
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VASCO: A senior official working with Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) found a rare 300-400 years old sati stone with a pictorial representation of the ancient system of sati.  

MPT officer Captain Manoj Joshi found the stone while taking stroll at a nearby unoccupied bungalow at Headland Sada in Mormugao.

“In the evening I was taking a stroll at nearby bungalow having lot of bushes and other things and this stone attracted my attention. Initially, I thought that it was flat stone grinder which we use to make spices at home however. When I look at it closely, I saw some sort of carvings over it from which I understood that the stone must be of some archaeological value,” Captain Manoj Joshi said.

“Just to take possession of the stone I shifted it to my bungalow. At the same time I summoned archives and archaeology department to take over and see what value they have for it. Today they came and took possession of the stone,” Joshi stated.

Assistant superintending archaeologist Varad Sabnis informed that after receiving a request from Captain Joshi about the rare sculpture found in the vicinity of his bungalow he inspected the site and found it to be a ‘sati stone’.

“This stone must be minimum 300 to 400 years old and has lot of archaeological significance to reconstruct our own cultural past. As per procedure we have taken possession of the stone and have informed the office district collector as well as local police and we are shifting the same to our head office. Very soon it will be in a museum for public to see along with the information of sculpture,” Sabnis said.

As per history books the sati stone, with pictorial representation and inscription or without inscription, is not only a very rare find but having very important records for understanding the social and cultural milieu of the period. The sculptures on these sati stones usually depict the husband and wife and sometimes the event in which her husband lost his life. A few even graphically portray the event such as a fierce fight which led to death of the hero and the depiction of lady with wifely devotion. Some of these stones bear inscriptions explaining the event and also the name of sati and her husband’s name and title of the family. 

Based on the alphabets of the inscriptions, it also enables to date the period when the sati stone was installed. 

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