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1,000-Year-Old Jaina Sculptures Discovered near Hyderabad, Telangana: Largest ‘Dwarapala’ Sculpture Found in Siddipet

Archaeologists in Siddipet district, Telangana, have made a significant discovery in the form of a 1,000-year-old sculpture. This extraordinary find, a ‘dwarapala’ sculpture representing Vijaya, the doorkeeper of Lord Vishnu, surpasses any previously reported findings in Telangana. Measuring six feet above the ground and three feet below, with a thickness of 9 inches, the sculpture was carved out of granite stone in relief.

Rich Iconography and Historical Significance Intricate Details and Depictions of the Vijaya Sculpture

The recently unearthed sculpture showcases exquisite craftsmanship, with meticulous attention to detail. Adorned with an elongated ‘kirita’ (crown) on the head and profuse ornaments on the body, the Vijaya sculpture holds a ‘gadha’ and ‘Suchi mudra’ in its original two hands, while the additional two hands grasp a ‘Sankhu’ and ‘Chakra.’ These intricate elements depict the significance of the Vijaya deity in Hindu mythology.

Historical Context and Period Tracing the Origins of the Sculpture

Archaeologist Sivanagireddy has dated the sculpture to a period slightly later than the Rastrakuta and early Kalyana Chalukyan era. This places the artwork within a specific historical context, providing insights into the artistic traditions and cultural practices of the time. The discovery not only sheds light on the artistic heritage of Telangana but also contributes to a deeper understanding of the region’s history.

Preserving the Cultural Heritage Call for Installation and Documentation

Dr. Sivanagireddy has urged the local villagers to carefully preserve and display the sculpture on a pedestal at a suitable location within the village. He emphasized the importance of providing proper labeling and detailed information about the sculpture’s historical significance and iconography. By doing so, future generations and research scholars can benefit from studying this valuable artifact and further enrich our knowledge of the region’s past.

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