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Pandya era stone idol unearthed in Tamil Nadu farm

A six-foot-tall stone idol of ‘Kotravai’, the Goddess of War, was recently unearthed in a farm near Murambu in Tamil Nadu.

Pandya era stone idol unearthed in Tamil Nadu farm
The stone idol of Kotravai unearthed in a farm at Perumalpatti
[Credit: The Hindu]
According to B. Kandasamy, Assistant Professor of History, Rajapalayam Raju’s College, who is also an archaeological researcher, the idol has been found in southern Tamil Nadu for the first time. An idol of Kotravai, found in northern Tamil Nadu, was at the Government Museum in Chennai, he said.

Stating that the idol was found while ploughing a field in Perumalpatti a few days back, he said it belonged to the early Pandya era. The idol had all four hands broken. One broken hand was subsequently found in the field. A 3 ft x 3 ft stone pedestal was also found there.

The stone carvings were of high quality, Mr. Kandasamy said, adding a lot of intricate work revealed the finesse of the sculpture.

Kotravai was also later associated with Goddesses Kali and Durga. However, he said, the uniqueness of this idol was that instead of a lion as the vagana of those Goddesses, Kotravai had a deer. “Even the idol at the Government Museum has a deer as the vagana,” he added.

Author: S. Sundar | Source: The Hindu [June 07, 2020]


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