Udupi: A team of archaeologists led by Professor Murugeshi T, associate professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at MSRS College in Shirva, has found a unique sculpture at Korangabettu in Udupi district.
During an archeological exploration at Nandalike in Karkala taluk they stumbled upon a unique sculpture worshipped as Nagabrahma.
Nagabrahma or Nagabermer is one of the chief deities of Tulunadu (Coastal Karnataka) worshipped in various forms. The one discovered at Korangabettu is one of the unique idols found in the region to date.
According to Prof Murugeshi, while Naga images are commonly found in Coastal Karnataka, the association with Shaiva, Bhairava, Buddhist, and Jaina Cults is particularly intriguing.
The deity is in a standing posture with four hands, holding an axe in the upper right hand, a shield in the upper left hand, a danda in the lower right hand, and a human head in the fourth.
Atop the deity's head sits a three-hooded serpent in four knots, serving as headgear.
No attendants are shown in the sculpture, and the deity is dressed in a half-lower garment.
Professor Murugeshi noted that the image is in the style of folk tradition and may date to the 14th- 15th century.
"The deity is worshipped as Nagabrahma. But Iconographically the image resembles the legendary hero Parashurama, known for destroying the Khashtriyas and creating the region of Tulunadu," Prof Murugeshi told Deccan Chronicle.
The discovery sheds new light on the rich history and cultural heritage of Coastal Karnataka....