Menhir from Megalithic period found in Basrur
History & Culture
22nd Sep, 2021
A menhir, an upright standing stone, has been found at Basrur in Udupi district.
What are Menhirs?
- Menhirs are upright stones from the Megalithic period.
- They are erected above a burial site or near a burial site as a memorial.
Key-highlights of the discovery
- The discovery takes back the antiquity of Basrur to between 1,000 BC and 800 BC, which is the Megalithic period.
- The stone has a height of seven feet above the ground level.
- It was found on the roadside near the Venkataramana temple.
- Basrur is a medieval trading city in coastal Karnataka.
- Different names: Basurepattana, Basurepura, Vasupura, Basaruru.
- The town is studded with many temples, which is an indicator of its splendid wealth.
- The Devi temple of Basrur has special importance with the feast of Devi performed once every 60 years.
- Mahalingeshwara temple, Kote Anjaneya temple, Tuluveshwara temple, Ramachandra temple, Umamaheshwara temple, Bhairava temple are the other surviving temples in the town in addition to Sadananda Mutt.