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1,400-year-old Buddha idol found in Odisha village

THE ASIAN AGE. | AKSHAYA KUMAR SAHOO
Published : May 18, 2017, 1:24 am IST
Updated : May 18, 2017, 1:26 am IST

The varsity researchers have sought assistance from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and State Museum for more research on the statue.

While 80 per cent of the five-foot statue was buried in the soil, the face of Lord Buddha with seven-head snake was found outside the ground.
 While 80 per cent of the five-foot statue was buried in the soil, the face of Lord Buddha with seven-head snake was found outside the ground.

Bhubaneswar: Students of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, have discovered a 1400-year-old idol of Lord Buddha with seven-head snake at Govindapur near Banapur in Odisha’s Khurda district, nearly 100 km from Bhubaneswar.

While 80 per cent of the five-foot statue was buried in the soil, the face of Lord Buddha with seven-head snake was found outside the ground.

The varsity researchers have sought assistance from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and State Museum for more research on the statue.

The ancient idol was first discovered by Dakhineswar Jena, a student of Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, under a banyan tree.

After Mr Jena discussed with his assistant professor Anam Behera, a team of researchers led by Prof Behera and comprising of students Minaketan Sundar Ray and Ramakant Pradhan along with Me Jena, started digging near the tree in Govindapur area. After digging around 3-ft, they first found seven-head snake and later the Buddha statue was unearthed.

“The discovered statue of Lord Buddha is nearly 1400-year-old. It has similarities with the statues discovered earlier from Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri in Odisha’s Jajpur district. The recent discovery shows that the Buddhists were residing in Banapur area in Khurda district earlier,” Prof Behera said on Wednesday. Such rare idols of Buddha are also found in few other places in Odisha.

Twenty years ago, a farmer had found the statue when the upper portion of the snake’s hood was hit by his bullock cart while tilling his land. Without digging it further, he ignored it thinking it as a rock. Subsequently, people forgot the incident after a banyan tree grew near the statue almost covering it under its roots, the locals said.

Tags: archaeological survey of india, lord buddha, utkal university
Location: India, Odisha, Bhubaneswar