CHENNAI: A 3ft rock sculpture of Mahavira, the 24th and final Tirthankara of Jainism, was discovered deserted close to a temple in distant Puliyur village in Tiruvallur district. The stylistic options of the sculpture, displaying the Mahavira in a sitting posture, belongs to 11th century AD. Heritage consultants consider that it will need to have misplaced its place as a result of shift within the perception system of individuals many years in the past.
The sculpture was discovered close to a ruined temple referred to as Bajanai Koil. After a villager knowledgeable him concerning the sculpture, heritage activist Sridharan Appandairaj and Jain priest Okay Jeevakumar visited the positioning. “A senior citizen within the village would carry out puja on the sculpture till two years in the past. He informed the villagers it was the idol of Buddha and so they nonetheless consider so. The priest is not any extra right this moment. We informed the villagers that it is the sculpture of Mahavira, not Buddha,” stated Sridhar, the crusader of the well-known Ahimsa Stroll, an initiative which helped reclaim many deserted and uncared for Jain heritage websites and monuments in Tamil Nadu.
“The stylistic sample reveals it was sculpted through the later interval of Jainism, say after the 10th century AD. Many historical sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras have been discovered deserted in Tamil Nadu. We’ve got constructed shelters for these sculptures in lots of locations. After we talked, Puliyur villagers have stated they’ll shield it,” stated Sridhar.
Jeevakumar, who has found many deserted sculptures of Tirthankaras, stated it is excessive time the district administration took rapid steps to protect the sculpture. “The picture is positioned on a pedestal, a motive why it stays intact. However the options on the face have been misplaced as a result of lack of care. We’ve got knowledgeable the district administration and we hope that they’ll take rapid motion to protect the sculpture,” stated Jeevakumar.

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