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Ancient Jain sculptures unearthed in Siddipet

Published: 13th Jul 2021 11:30 pm

Siddipet: Historians have found important remains of Jainism on the outskirts of Kondapochamma village in Jagadevpur Mandal on Tuesday. The sculptures found at the site include 24th Teerathankara of Jainism Lord Mahavira. Another stone sculpture has Lord Neminadha, Lord Parshanadha. Adinatha and Lord Mahavira sculptures carved on the four sides of the stone.

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On coming to know about the existence of Jain sculptures near Kondapochamma temple, historians led by Emandi Sivanagi Reddy, Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Centre, Vijayawada, and members of Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam (KTCB), Ahobilam Karunakar, Samaleti Mahesh, Kanoju Kiran and others visited the site on Tuesday.

Sivanagi Reddy said the sculptures probably date to 11th century AD during the Kalyani Chalukya’s period. He said that the presence of these sculptures was an indication that the people and rulers during 11th century practiced Jainism here.

Speaking to Telangana Today, Mahesh said that Sivanagi Reddy identified all the sculptures. Some treasure hunters dug up the place for booty, he said, adding that they have requested the local sarpanch and Department of Archeology Telangana, to initiate steps to conserve them.

Stating that the presence of Jain sculptures puts back the history of Kondapochamma village by 1,000 years, Sivanagi Reddy urged the government to install all the sculptures at the site on pedestals on the premises of the Kondapochamma temple with descriptions on each one of them so that devotees visiting the temple can get a glimpse of history. Members of KTCB Mohammad Naseeruddin, Koravi and others were present.

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