1200-Year-Old Sculpture Found

ROHTAK, INDIA, November 24, 2010: A rare 1200-year-old sandstone sculpture of a Hindu Goddess has been discovered from an archeological site near Kaleshwar temple in Kurukhsetra. According to historians, the sculpture signifies the prevalence of worship of female Gods during the Pratihar and pre-Pratihar era.

The 66 lb. sandstone sculpture of Goddess Shakti could be from the Shakti peetha of Savitri or the Bhadrakali of Thanesar in Kurukshetra. Thanesar is known for Shaktism, worship of the divine in the form of the Supreme Mother of the universe.

Rajesh Purohit, deputy director and curator of the Shrikrishna Museum, spotted the sculpture near the banks of Saraswati pond in Kaleshwar temple in Thanesar recently. Purohit who is also an archaeologist, said: This kind of an Deity has never been noticed here before in the history. This is one of the finest early-Pratihar era images found in Haryana.

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