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Mahabubnagar: Road widening works pose threat to historical sculptures

Published: 28th Jun 2021 6:41 pm

Mahabubnagar: Many ancient sculptures of historical and archaeological importance belonging to 11th century AD Kalyana Chalukyan period are under threat due to the road widening works being executed at Polkampalli village in Addakula mandal of Mahabubnagar district.

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Following information shared by villagers, Dr. E. Sivanagi Reddy, Archaeologist and CEO, Cultural Centre, inspected the spot and noted that the sculptures belong to the Kalyana Chalukyan period (11th century AD).

The sculptures of Nagadevatas (serpent goddesses), Nandi (Bull) and saddle querns used for preparation of ayurvedic medicines we partly covered by the margin of the newly formed road, he said. He has also inspected the sculptures of Bhairavi, Bhairava, Veerabhadra, Surya, Veeragallu and a few mutilated idols carved out of black basalt and granite stone lying uncared for in the local Tank Bund.

Dr Sivanagi Reddy sensitised the local community about the historic value of the sculptures and appealed to the village sarpanch to protect these sculptures which bear lot of archaeological significance and requested him to preserve them for posterity.

Patnam Krishnamraju , president, Nallamala Nature Foundation and Ashok Goud, Bhuthpur temple committee member were also present during his visit.

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