Hyderabad: A group of sculptures believed to be 1,000 years old representing the Kalyani Chalukya, Kanduru and Cheraku chiefs and the Kakatiyas are found scattered at Kalvakol village of Kollapur mandal in Nagarkurnool.
On Saturday, archaeologist E Sivanagi Reddy visited the village as part of an awareness programme ‘Preserve Heritage for Posterity’ and documented the sculptures and inscriptions of historical importance, believed to be of 10th and 13th centuries AD.
The sculptures were identified as those of Nagas, Lord Ganesha, Lord Veerabhadra, Goddess Bhadrakali, Bhairava, Lord Chennakesava and Sivalingas. These apart, there are inscriptions of Ballah Chandradeva and Cheraku Bollayareddy, a subordinate chief of Kakatiya Rudradeva and Ganapatideva.
Dr Reddy also noticed an extensive mud fortification all around the ancient capital Kalvakol (Kaluvakolanu) also known as Jammulurupura. The two colossal bull sculptures inside the ‘mandapam’ of the Nandikoteswara temple depict the artistic skills of the Kakatiya era sculptors.
He sensitised the local youth on the need to protect and preserve the sculptures and inscriptions of historical significance by installing them on pedestals with proper labels for the benefit of future generations. District Judge Janga Pavan Kumar also participated in the programme.