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Heliodorus Pillar

MP SH 19, Bais, Madhya Pradesh 464001, India

Notable Architectures
Old Ruins

About Heliodorus Pillar

The Heliodorus pillar is a stone column that was erected around 113 BCE in Besnagar. The pillar is named after Heliodorus, an ambassador of the Indo-Greek king Antialcidas from Taxila. This column was first noticed in 1877, during an archaeological survey by General Cunningham. With two prominent inscriptions, a thick coating of red lead paste prevented the inscriptions from being noticed.


Attractions near Heliodorus Pillar

Udaigiri Caves3.2km from Heliodorus Pillar

Udayagirri caves are intricately carved caves situated in an isolated stone hill, reworked under the rule of Chandraguptha 2. it has numerous Buddhists remains creating the ambiance. It is one of the most important archaeological sites from the Gupta period and now it is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of  India.

District Museum- Vidisha3.71km from Heliodorus Pillar

The Museum houses a large number of beautifully sculpted sculptures, terracotta, and coins which date back to the 9th and 10th century. Harappan art is also showcased in the museum which is absolutely splendid. A small park is also here with lush green trees surrounds the museum and is ideal to spend some peaceful time and relax.

ASI Museum- Sanchi9.54km from Heliodorus Pillar

This Archaeological Museum was opened in 1919 which was located in a hilltop in Sanchi.  It consists of a main hall, four galleries, and a wide array of exhibits in the verandah and in the open courtyards. In the main hall, the exhibits will surely take the visitors to different eras in history.  It represents the Indian historic periods like Mauryan, Satvahana, Gupta, Sunga, and Kushana.

Sanchi Stupa9.91km from Heliodorus Pillar

One of the oldest surviving stone structures in India and a specimen of Buddhist architecture which shows light to the relation between King Ashoka and Buddhism. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a landmark structure in tracing the evolution of Indian architecture starting with the Maurya period.

Raisen Fort25.07km from Heliodorus Pillar

A historical fort situated in the top a hill buuilt in 1200 AD made of sandstone. it stands as a testimonial to the amazing ancient architecture and quality of the ancient structures. The fort has been known for its Lord Shiva temple and Mahashivaratri celebrations. A working ancient cannon is also placed on the hill which is used during Ramadan for the announcement of sunset.

Halali Dam31.01km from Heliodorus Pillar

A huge reservoir in the distrcit of raisen built on the Halali River. This dam is popular among locals of Bhopal as an excellent spot for picnic and boat rides. Apart from this, the reservoir is home to aquatic life forms such as catla, mrigal, mystus, rohu and chitala.

Where is Heliodorus Pillar

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A beautiful district in Madhya Pradesh which has a lot explore. It lies on the Vindhyachal Plateau off the main Vindhyachal Range.