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Sati sahagamana (self immolation) is an ancient Indian custom by which the Hindu wife follows her husband to his death by ascending his pyre or ascending one of her own shortly after the death of her husband, thereby it was belived winning merit for her family as well as wiping out all its sins. A sati stone is a memorial commemorating the faithful wife who had become sati. Sati or sahagamana (immolation) was widely accomplished social custom in Vijayanagara kingdom. A sati stone is a commemorative plaque usually erected at the place where the faithful wife performed sahagamana; such a stone is known in Karnataka as a sati-kal.