10 TH CENTURY GANESH IDOL
10th century Ganesh idol located at Dholkal Mountain, Bastar (Chhattisgarh ).
This 6 feet tall idol is located at a height of 13,000 feet, amid dense forest on a huge dhol shaped mountain. It is presumed that the idol was made long ago during the time of Nagvanshi dynasty in the 9th or 10th century. Traces of early man and few of their stone weapons were also found in this region by archaeology department.
A local author and researcher, Rajeev Ranjan Prasad says that Bastar has many such places that need attention and conservation but due to lack of enthusiasm, they remain ignored. “There were many important idols, temples, which have been excavated off their existence or destroyed forever. The ancient place initially doomed with backwardness and now with Maoists, calls for attention and grooming from the government,” he says.
Bastar has been considered a place of scenic beauty with thousands of archaeological and historical secrets hidden in its torso. “Few locals, who chance upon new findings, bring it to the notice of officials but many put a curtain, assuming that revealing it would disturb the ambience of their place with archaeologists, media and foreigners digging all over,” an archaeologist remarked.
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