Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)
Kundapur, Sep 21: A huge rock edict (Nislakal) which belonged to the Stone Age has been found from Basrur in the taluk, said Prof T Murugeshi, of the history and archaeology department, Mulky Sundaram Shetty College, Shirva.
Such Nilsakals have already been found from Subhas Nagar, Adkadakatte and Kollur. The rock edict of Basrur attracts attention because of its unique design and shape. This edict has been designed like a pregnant woman going by its shape. The rock edicts in the coast are also called pregnant edicts because of this reason.
The huge stone edicts that are laterally stationed but with a little leaning, over or next to the tombs in memory of the deceased are called 'Nilsakal, Nitikal, Garbhini Kallu, Anekallu, Rakkasakallu' etc. Such rocks are commonly found all over south India.
The Nislakal at Basrur is seven feet tall and it is facing northwest. It is erected with a little tilting towards the east. In stone inscriptions, Basrur is referred to with the names Basure Pattana, Basure Nagar, Basrur, Vasupura etc. In Kannada, Basiru or Basure means pregnancy or pregnant. Vasupuram in Sanskrit means earth. The Nislakal of Basrur has links with a lady.
This Nislakal takes the history of Basrur to about 1000 BC. This Nilsakal is stationed between Venkataramana temple and Kote Anjaneya temple. Muralidhar Hegde drew the attention of the concerned towards the Nislakal while Pradeep from Basrur extended support in studying it. Students, Shreyas, Nagaraj, Gautam, Chandru, Kartik and Venkataramana temple management extended cooperation, Prof T Murugeshi stated.