Karimnagar: A statue of first Jain Tirthankar, Rishabhanatha, dating back to eighth or ninth century was unearthed in an agricultural field in Kotlanarsimhulapalli village of Gangadhara mandal on Saturday. The statue was unearthed, when the land owner was tilling the land.
After finding the statue, Anjaiah alerted village Sarpanch Thota Kavitha and other villagers, who rushed to the spot and performed pujas to statue. Later, Choppadandi MLA Sunke Ravishankar also visited the spot. BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar is likely to visit the spot on Monday. Villagers informed the matter to archaeology department officials, who were contemplating to shift the statue to district museum.
Surprisingly, two years ago, the statue of 23rd Jain Monk Parshvanatha was also unearthed at the same place. Both the statues are found just 15 kilometers away from Bommallammagutta (Munulatutta), which was the first capital of Rastrakuta dynasty. Rastrakutas, who ruled the entire Telangan area between 8 and 9th century, adopted Jainism. As part of the spread of the religion, they established statues of Jain Monks in the region.
Though there are 24 Monks in Jainsim, only few of them became prominent. While Rishabhanath founded Jainism, Parshivanath strove hard to propagate the religion. Rishabhanatha, also called as Adinatha, started Jainism and spread the religion in the area, said P Nagraju, Assistant Director, Archaeology Department. The statues will be shifted to the district museum after convincing the villagers.
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