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Khamba Baba, Vidisha

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Khamba Baba or the Heliodorus Pillar is a stone column located just 4 kilometre away from the Vidisha Railway Station. It is a monolithic free standing column which bears an inscription stating that it was raised to honour Vasudeva, the God of Gods, by Heliodorus.

Vidisha photos, Khamba Baba (Heliodorus pillar) - A close view
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Heliodorous is believed to be the first the earliest foreigner to be converted into Vaishnavism. During the reign of Greek King Antialcidas, he sent Dion’s son Heliodorus as a personal ambassador to the Sunga court at Vidisha. This information is included in the inscription on this Garuda Pillar locally known as Khamba Baba. The pillar is a favourite deity of the Bhois and Dhimars in the region.

The Heliodorus Pillar was erected in the early 2nd century BC. The pillar has a sculpture of Garuda surmounted on it. The light brown pillar has three parts: a faceted shaft, a bell-capital and the sculpture of Garuda that stand over a damaged abacus.

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