Several millennia-old Nandi statues were found in Karnataka today. Please share it so that everyone can be in ecstasy.
Pictures of unearthing two huge Nandi statues claiming to be several millennia-old statues unearthed recently in Karnataka are doing rounds on social media platforms.
What is the truth?
When we searched for Nandi statues unearthed in Karnataka, a video dated 17th July 2019 on ‘YOYO Kannada News’ YouTube channel has the details on unearthing two giant Nandi statues near Mysore, Karnataka.
Videos of unearthing centuries-old Nandi statues in a village ‘Arasinakere’ which is 20kms from Mysore can also be seen in the year 2019 on various YouTube channels.
Recent viral posts and pictures on the Nandi statue are seen to be circulating since 2019.
A ‘Hindu’ article dated 15th July 2019 states, “A team of officials from the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, including archaeologist M.L. Gowda and engineer Satish, visited the spot. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Gowda said the statues appeared to belong to the 16th or 17th century, dating back to the post-Vijayanagar period. He said they resembled most of the sculptures carved out of the smooth soapstone during that period. The statues are carved out of a single rock. Archaeologist M.L.Gowda said that the statues are incomplete, while one appears to be 60% completed, the other is at about 85%”.
Similarly, a Shivalinga statue found while digging near a temple in Maharashtra appeared to belong to the 11th or 12th century was circulated on social media as several millennia-old statue.
Two huge Nandi statues were indeed unearthed in Karnataka. But this happened in 2019 and is not a recent find. Moreover, the Nandi statues are not several millennia old. As per the archaeologist team, the statues belong to 16th or 17th century.