HISTORY FLASH NEWS -SATI STONE AND SIVALINGA DISCOVERED (Post 8660)

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Post No. 8660

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Two interesting news items have appeared in news papers in Tamil Nadu.

1.A six and a half foot high Siva linga was discovered near Mathuranthakam in Tamil Nadu.

When the PWD carried out repair works in the Vettur Lake, the bulldozer hit a big stone. When it was taken out, people came to know it was a very tall Siva Lingam. Immediately the Tamil devotees erected a Pandal/ thatched shed for the statue and started worshipping  it. The temple that was built around the Siva Linga might have been destroyed by Muslim invasion several centuries ago.

As soon as the news of the discovery of the statue spread to near by villages, people came from different places to have the darshan of  Lord Siva. Seyyur panchayat under which Vettur lake comes has no Siva or Vishnu temple until today. So the villagers consider this as a god sent gift

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The stone – named as Kalveeramman – had been worshipped by the locals for decades.

2.The second news item about a SATI stone is in English published in New Indian Express.

Sati or Saha Gamana is an old Hindu custom of a widow ascending the funeral pyre of her husband.

The discovery was a Sati Stone. Though Manu Smrti and Rig Veda did not speak about Sati custom it has been in 2000 year old Sangam Tamil Literature. Six or seven references are found in the Sangam Tamil literature. In one of the poems the Pandya Queen was so adamant that she jumped into her husband’s funeral pyre in spite of requests from the priests and ministers. It is in Pura Nanuru verse 246. The other references are about the wives of Karikal Choza and Ay Andiran

Kanchi Paramacharya Swamikal, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (1894-1994) gave an excellent talk on Saha gamana alias SATI. Women were not thrown into pyre by people. Th wives did this out of extreme devotion to their husbands.

He narrated the SATI incidents from Periya Puranam and Mahabharata.

Madri did Sati when Pandu died; When Kunti also tried people prevented her.

Appar’s mother Mathiniyar did Sati when Pukazanar died according to Tamil Periya Purana.

When Kalippakaiyar died , Appar’s sister Tilakavati tried Sati, but Appar prevented it, saying that he would also jump into the pyre.

When  Orissa queen tried to  test the devotion of Padmavati, wife of famous Jayadeva (author of Gita Govindam) said that Jayadeva is dead as a joke, immediately Padmavi fell dead.Later Jayadeva revived her with the help of Lord Krishna

When the erred Pandya King died in front of Kannaki, Pandyan queen also falls dead.

In Rajathan many queens including Chitoor Rani Padmini , did immolate themselves when their husbands were killed in the battle.

Tamil Epic Silappadikaram narrated more self immolation cases of devoted women.

SATI originated when Parvati killed herself because her father Daksha insulted her husband Lord Siva. Parvati’s name was Sati in the story.

Here is a news item of couple in New Indian Express:-


By Express News Service
VIRUDHUNAGAR: A sati stone depicting a warrior who died in jallikattu, dating back to 17th century, has been discovered in Ramanujapuram near Aruppukottai by a history professor.
The stone, dating back to 17th century CE, was identified by R Vijayaraghavan, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at SBK College, Aruppukottai.
The stone – named as Kalveeramman – had been worshipped by the locals for decades. Speaking to TNIE, Vijayaraghavan said: “The stone must be around 320 years old. Though we find sati stones occasionally, what makes this one special is that the warrior must have died in jallikattu, as two jallikattu bulls are carved near him.
His wife had died soon after by ‘sati’ which can be identified with the L-shaped position of her hand”. He said apsaras (heavenly women spirits) have also been sculpted at the bottom so as to show that the spirits of the couple were happily received.

tags- Sati Stone, Ramanujapuram, Siva Lingam, Vettur Lake

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