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Shivalinga amid rocks in the Tungabhadra found damaged

The Shivalinga amid the Kotilinga at the Hampi world heritage site that was found damaged in an act of vandalism.

The Shivalinga amid the Kotilinga at the Hampi world heritage site that was found damaged in an act of vandalism.  

In an act of vandalism, a Shivalinga of the Kotilingas located amid the rocks in the Tungabhadra at the Hampi World Heritage Site has been found damaged. The upper portion of the Shivalinga has been cut into two. The issue came to light on Wednesday. Attempts to vandalise another Linga in the vicinity has also come to light.

Hampi-based Vijayanagar Smaraka Samskruti Samrakshana Sene, which expressed anguish over the act of vandalism, has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hampi Sub-division, the Deputy Director of the State Archaeology Department and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) urging them to take steps to protect the monument and bring the guilty to book.

“If no action is taken in next 10 days, we will be forced to stage a rasta roko,” Vishwanath Malagi has said.

It may be mentioned here that this is for the first time in the recent past that such an untoward incident had occurred. Earlier, the Gaali Gopura, a tower near the Malyavanta temple on the eastern side of Hampi, was razed to the ground by treasure hunters. There were also incidents of defacement of the embossed sculptures of god and goddesses by miscreants.

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