Mancherial: The Archaeology Department began massive excavations at Karnamamidi village in Hajipur mandal, on the Godavari basin, an early-historical site believed to be a glorious capital of Satavahana kingdom dating back to 4th and 5th century BC. Collector RV Karnan formally inaugurated the programme. Director of the department NR Vishalakshi and Mancherial MLA Nadipelli Diwakar Rao were present.
Dr D Ramulu Naik, Excavation Site Officer, told ‘Telangana Today’ that a team of 11 officials of the department would carry out the excavation. The object of the programme is to find historical evidences to establish whether the village was once a capital of ancestors of Satavahana kings, as mentioned in a book authored by the then director of the department Dr V V Krishna Sastri, in 1980.
Initially, earthen layers, formed in the past 100 years, would be excavated till the evidences were found. Duration of the programme is 45 days. “The programme should have begun in January, but it was delayed as flood water inundated the site. However, it will be stalled if it rains,” informed Ramulu Naik, who also Assistant Director of the department for Mancherial district.
The Archeology department embarked on this mission at a place called Patigadda near Karnamamidi, following permission accorded to it recently by Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Evidently, Kotilingala, the maiden capital of Satahavana rulers can be viewed from this site, rekindling hopes of the authorities. Kotilingala is currently situated in Velgatur mandal of Jagtial district.
Karnan assured that all support would be extended to the department in this operation. The site can be converted into a major tourist spot once historical evidences are traced. If required, a boat would be provided for digging the rich history of the village. Diwakar sought cooperation of locals in excavating the site.
History Of Koti Lingala
According to Jagtial’s famous historian Dr Jaisetti Ramanaiah, Kotilingala is considered to be the maiden capital city that had flourished in south India during the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. It was Gobada, a pre-Satavahana ruler who had introduced coins for the first time from Koti Lingala.
Archaeological department’s excavations, carried out during 1968-1974 and 1978-1983, revealed that Koti Lingala and Dhulikatta were fortified towns, which might be among the 30 walled towns mentioned by Meghasthenes in his Indica. “As many as 24,000 coins were recovered from the single Satavahana site at Peddabankur. No other historical site in the world has yielded so large a number of coins,” reasons Ramanaiah.