Ongole: Several Buddha idols in various postures, two Ayaka pillars, and puja samagri were discovered during excavations in Kanaparthi under Naguluppalapadu mandal of Prakasam district on Monday.
Archaeology department officials unearthed two Ayaka pillars made of lime stone belonging to second century AD, 15 standing Buddha idols in various postures, each one feet height, two sitting Dhyana Buddha idols made with mixed metal and a broken Makara Thoranam, a pancha patra, two belts made with mixed metal for performing puja.
A hand grinder (rolu) and a pestle (ro-kali) were also discovered in the excavations near Cholamahadevi temple.
Buddha idols, Makara Thoranam, pancha patra belongs to fourth and fifth century AD. They found Ayaka pillars in an agriculture land while the workers digging it for agriculture purpose. Each Aya-ka pillar was 1.5 m height.
Agriculture workers digging the soil, in their agriculture fields, found a big pot. Based on the information given by the farmers, the locals informed the matter to the archaeology officials who rushed to the spot immediately.
Deputy director of archa-eology department (Hyderabad) K. Sai Bhakta Keshav, assistant director of archaeology department John Kamalakar rushed to Kanaparthi. Similarly, local revenue officials also rushed to the spot.
They seized the big pot in which they found the idols and puja samagri. After careful observation, they confirmed that Dhyana Buddha pillars and puja samagri belongs to 4th and 5th century....
Location: Andhra Pradesh