Besanagar inscription


Besanagar inscription

The Baesanagar inscription is a relic belonging to the Sunga Empire age in India. It was completed during the reign of the Sunga ruler Bhaga Sunga (alias Bhagabhadra) during the second century BCE. This relic is now housed at the Madhya Pradesh Government Art Museum at Vidisha.

It is popularly believed that Bhagabhadra had erected this pillar to commemorate the conversion of Heliodorus (votive erector) to Vaishnavism. Heliodorus was a luminary at the court of Antialcidas, the Indo-Bactrian king. The Besanagar Pillar is a storehouse of information on the Sungas as well as the Indo-Bactrian Greeks.

See also

* Heliodorus pillar


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