12th century sculptures discovered in Palghar, Maharashtra

Sculptures belonging to the 12th century have been discovered in Jamsar Village located in the Jawhar Taluka limits in Maharashtra’s Palghar district. The sculptures were discovered by the villagers on Friday when they were digging a lake.

Santosh Shinde, Revenue Officer (Tehsildar) of Jawhar in his statement to the media said that the villagers chanced upon the sculptures of war heroes and a cow among several others. These sculptures are believed to belong to the 12th century and some even date to an earlier medieval period. Shinde added that authorities including officials of the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) would be visiting the site to inspect the sculptures.

Among the sculptures that have been discovered at the site are memorials for war heroes and a unique cow sculpture. The sculpture of the cow is one of a kind as it depicts a cow with five faces and a single body along with a calf by its side.

Sculptures
Unique cow sculpture

Some villagers opined that such sculptures have not been found here before and this is the first time they’ve come across such unique artifacts. The villagers have also requested the authorities to carry out desilting and excavation of the three lakes in the village which is certain to throw up more such sculptures.

The villagers are also of the opinion that such an excavation would bring forth many such hidden treasures dating from as early as the medieval period till the 12th century and the historic value of the place would also become known to the public. The villagers also felt that this would enable the carvings of the temples of earlier times to be seen by all.

A written demand to declare the place as a tourist spot has also been put forward by the Jamsar Village panchayat to the concerned authorities. The possibility of more such unique sculptures lying hidden beneath the three lakes of the village which have not dried up for several decades has not been ruled out by the villagers.

Jawhar Taluka which falls within the Palghar district limits is a tribal-dominated region. Jawhar, the erstwhile princely state of the Western Ghat, was founded by Raja Jayaba Mukne in 1343. The region is well-known for its Warli paintings.

Today, Palghar is a hotbed of missionary-naxal activities. It has been in the news for the gruesome lynching of two Hindu sadhus, Kalpvriksh Giri Maharaj (70) &  Sushil Giri Maharaj (35), and their driver Nilesh Telgade on 16 April by a huge mob that was allegedly goaded by leaders of NCP and CPM. The lynching happened in front of Maharashtra police who not just stood as mute spectators but actually pushed the elderly sadhu towards the mob as he was pleading for help.

Nearly 200 people were arrested for the crime that was captured on mobiles, but 105 of them are already out on bail.


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