Close view of a viragal (memorial stone) with inscription in Kanarese, showing sculptural details, Betgeri
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Viragals or memorial stones are slabs of stone decorated with bands of sculpture with inscribed bands between. The sculptures and the inscriptions represent scenes related to the hero to whom the slab has been erected. One of the largest group of these stones is found in Betgeri. This view shows a particularly large viragal (perhaps 12 feet high), with an Indian figure posed beside it as an indication of scale.