The Baitarani River in Jajpur yielded three ancient statues of Lord Vishnu

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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Three ancient Lord Vishnu idols were discovered during excavations close to Dashaswamedha Ghat on the Baitarani River in Jajpur. Two of the excavated sculptures, one of which is shattered, are said to be from the twelfth and the thirty-first centuries. The third Dasavatar of Lord Vishnu, Varaha, is depicted in one of those two intact statues, while his natural form is shown in the other.

Duryodhan Mallick, the district cultural officer, stated in an interview: “After learning of the excavation of priceless artefacts near the Baitarani River, Jajpur. After visiting the excavated sculptures during a field study, I discovered they date to the 12th to 13th century. One of the three sculptors represents Lord Vishnu and his Varaha incarnation, while the other two symbolise them.

Local resident Santosh Nanda added, “The Keshari Dynasty ruled over this region when it was the capital of Utkala, which is now Odisha. There are therefore excellent odds of discovering priceless artefacts in this area.The sculpture will remain in the museum, according to the local administration. The district administration has called for greater investigation by the archaeology and geology departments in the Baitarani region, citing ongoing artefact discoveries.

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