Siddipet: Historians have discovered a rare 1000-year-old sculpture of Mahishasura Mardini at Kondapaka in Siddipet district. The sculpture probably dates back to Kalyana Chalukyas period. Goddess Durga is seen killing the demon Mahishasura in the sculpture carved on a black stone. Samaleti Mahesh, a member of Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam (KTCB), discovered the sculpture during a visit to Kondapaka.
Kondapaka was a well-known centre during the Rashtra Kutas, Kalayana Chalukyas and Kakatiyas period. Archaeological evidences of these three periods were found in and around Kondapaka in the past. Another 8th Century Mahishasura Mardini sculpture was found on the outskirts of Kondapaka earlier.
KTCB Members Sriramoju Haragopal, Ahobilam Karnakar and Gurudas Ram Tejas urged the citizens of Kondapaka and the State government to put efforts to protect these important sculptures.
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