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 The earliest evidence on memorial stones found in Sangam literature. The Sangam literatures like the Tolkappiyam, Agananuru, Purananuru, malaipadukadam, Pattinapalai, etc. speak on memorial stone in a detailed manner. A close study of the megalithic monuments with the help of Sangam literature reveals that the custom of megalithic monuments developed in to hero stone cult or virakals around Dharmapuri District. Hero stone inscriptions are important source-s for the history of Dharmapuri district. There are many beautiful hero stones in Dharmapuri District which depict war scenes with soldiers riding on horses and elephants. Some of them also have a fort wall etched in them.  The most notable hero stones Tamil Nadu are housed in the State Department museum at Dharmapur

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Chandrasekar, C. (2019). The Types of Guild Inscription (Special Reference To The Dharmapuri District). History Research Journal, 5(6), 2680-2686. Retrieved from