Ancient idols of Hindu gods recovered in Uttar PradeshJuly 21st, 2008 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, July 21 (IANS) Idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, dating back to the 10th and 11th century, were recovered from a tunnel in Etawah district, about 200 kms from here, officials said Monday. The idols were recovered from the compound of an ancient Lord Shiva temple in Dadora village.
“A four-wheeler was parked inside the temple compound last week and after it left, the soil caved in,” temple priest S.P. Dikshit told IANS.
A tunnel was discovered after the locals dug up the soil. Over a dozen idols were found subsequently.
A team of the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) reached the spot Monday and carried out an inspection.
“A police team has been stationed at the site as the recovered idols appear to be of historical importance. Experts are also camping in the area carrying out tests and exploring possibilities for further excavation,” senior superintendent of police- Etawah, S.R.S. Aditya told IANS.