The Ganesh idol at the hilltop open temple, 2,994 feet above sea level in Chhattisgarh, was found broken at the foothill.
Bhopal: An 11th century Ganesha idol constructed at a height of 2,994 ft from sea level over Dholkal hilltop under Bailadila mountain range in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar district of Dantewada. It is one of the high altitude open temples of India, has been “pulled off” by roguish elements and found broken into pieces at the foothill, officials stated on Friday.
The shocking instance has also triggered violence not only among the local tribal devotees but also among the archaeologists in Chhattisgarh. It was one of key tourist destinations of Chhattisgarh.
It is Known as “Dantewada’s wonder”, the 3.5ft long Ganesha idol, built by erstwhile Chindak Nagvami dynasty ruling the region in 10-13th century, was the only “surviving exciting archaeological monument” in the country.
“It is a shocking instance. It was the only surviving exciting archaeological monument in the country since it still has been pierced with mystery as to how such a giant idol could be chiseled and installed at a hilltop having practically no passage from the ground.
An extremely steep narrow and impractical passage leads to the hilltop where the exquisitely built idol, made of black granite, was installed overseeing entire Dantewada district”, archaeologist Atul Kumar Pradhan stated on Friday.
The picture of hilltop open Ganesha temple sans idol has gone viral through WhatsApp provoking Dantewada district collector Sourav Kumar to rush to the spot on Friday. An early investigation has blamed Naxals operating in the region.