Ancient Vishnumurthy Sculpture From 12th Century AD Found Near Udupi

Ancient Vishnumurthy Sculpture From 12th Century AD Found Near Udupi

February 5: The Vishnumurthy sculpture of 12th century AD has been discovered in an abandoned well near a ruined temple. The sculpture was discovered by the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, MSRS College, Shirva, on January 31. According to Associate Professor in the department at the college T. Murugeshi, the idol belongs to the 12the Century AD. It was found at about a 20-ft depth in the well which was filled with laterite bricks and architectural members during an archaeological exploration just behind the panchayat office on January 31.  The sculpture has a Karanda Mukuta (head dress), Makara Kundala (ear rings), armlets, anklets, Kaustubhahara and very nice eye brows, nose and lips which make it a master piece of Coastal Karnataka. It holds a pinda in the front right hand. In the back left hand, it holds a conch and its right hand is missing but, exploration is still being continued.

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