Heliodorus Pillar/Khamba Baba

Vidisha, India

Among pillars with palm-leaf capitals, the only one still standing is the Heliodorus pillar, which was built in 140 BC. Known as Khamba Baba among locals, it is a monolithic free-standing column. Inscribed on it is a statement which says that it was Garuda Pillar, raised in honour of Vasudeva by Heliodorus, resident of Taxila. Heliodorus was sent to the court of Bhagabhadra as an envoy of Antialkidas, the Indo-Greek monarch.

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