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Vijayanagara period statues saved from rusting

PRICELESS ANTIQUES: The bronze statues of the Vijayanagara period that were handed over to the ASI museum at Amaravathi in Guntur district.

PRICELESS ANTIQUES: The bronze statues of the Vijayanagara period that were handed over to the ASI museum at Amaravathi in Guntur district.  



Jayaraj Manepalli

Statues handed over to ASI Museum

Police seize two idols of Lakshmi Narayana and Chakra Perumal in 1996Magistrate's directive since there were no claimantsFully embellished statues cast in true Vijayanagara style

AMARAVATHI (GUNTUR DT.): Two bronze statues belonging to the 17th century Vijayanagara empire were saved from sure patination (rusting of bronze) in the Government treasury as they were handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) museum at Amaravathi in Guntur district recently.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, ASI Assistant Superintending Archaeologist D.Kanna Babu said that the idols were handed over as per the directives given by the Gudivada Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate, P.Rajendra Prasad.

Idols seized

The police seized the two idols of Lakshmi Narayana and Chakra Perumal in 1996. A case was booked but the idols were lying in the Government treasury. Since none came forward to claim the ownership, the Magistrate directed the idols to be given away to ASI for display in the museums.

"Since the idols were lying at Gudivada, the ASI Superintending Archaeologist D.Jithendra Das had instructed us to display the idols in Amaravathi," Mr.Babu said. The fully embellished statues with different kinds of attributes were cast in the true Vijayanagara bronze style.

The statues had Abhayahasta of Vishnu, Srivatsa, an ornament of Vishnu on their chest and the `Makarakundala', or the crocodile-jaw shaped earrings, which was a common feature of the Vijayanagara period.

Slightly damaged

The Lakshmi Narayana statue's height was 32 cm, while Chakra Perumal was 36 cm in height. Lakshmi's idol had an eight-petalled lotus pendant and was holding a lotus in its left hand. Chakra Perumal was an avatar of Vishnu and was the commander-in-chief of Vishnu. All the two idols were seated on a `padma peetha', which was the typical Vijayanagara style.

The idols suffered slight damages at a few places, while patination was witnessed in a few other places.

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