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| Last Updated:: 04/09/2019

Two metal idols unearthed from temple tank





Two metal idols have been unearthed near Kudavasal in Tiruvarur district. Idols of Lord Somaskandar and goddess Amman were found while villagers were desilting a temple tank. The idols have been handed over to revenue officials to ascertain their value and antiquity.




According to sources, the residents of Manakkal Ayyampettai village in Kudavasal taluk in the district were desilting the ‘Pidari Kulam’ tank of a Shiva temple for the last few days.




While digging, the workers stuck some metal object. On further excavation, they unearthed the two idols, which are fixed on a common pedestal.




Both the idols were twoand-a-half-foot in height and weighed around 80kg together. On information, deputy tahsildar of Tiruvarur Saravanakumar and Kudavasal police inspector Rajagopal came to the spot and took possession of the idols. They have assigned archaeologists to ascertain its antiquity.




Meanwhile, villagers appealed to the officials to return them the idols, which they claimed were once stolen from a Seshapureeswarar temple located at the same village in 1970. Raja, a villager, said, “Three idols including the two which have been discovered from the tank were stolen from the temple in 1970. These must be the stolen ones. So, the officials should allow us to reinstate them at the temple”, he said.





Source: The Times of India, 04 September 2019, Chennai.