Vandalised by Naxals, 1000-year-old Ganesh idol now restored in Chattisgarh’s Dholkal mountain

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New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2017 6:54:49 PM

The Naxals had allegedly damaged the idol situated at densely forested Dholkal mountain in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district around a month ago.

ganesha idol dantewara, ganesha idol dantewara restored, ganesha idol restored, ganesha idol restoredThe Ganesha idol is situated at a height of 13,000 feet in densely forested mountains and was first discovered by a local journalist in 2012 while exploring the region leading to a huge search operation by archaeology department.(ANI)

A 1000-year-old Ganesh idol atop Dholkal mountain, which was allegedly vandalised by Naxals, has been restored to its previous place, author Rahul Pandita tweeted on Saturday. The Naxals had allegedly damaged the idol situated at densely forested Dholkal mountain in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Dantewada district around a month ago. As per the reports, the idol was restored with its broken pieces using chemical process. Earlier, news agency ANI had reported that the idol was broken into 56 pieces. Police suspected involvement of naxals in vandalising the idol citing that they were frustrated with the frequent movement of tourists and devotees to the place. The Ganesha idol is situated at a height of 13,000 feet and was first discovered by a local journalist in 2012 while exploring the region leading to a huge search operation by archaeology department.

The research found that idol was made at the time of Nagvanshi dynasty around ninth century AD. Many stone weapons were also discovered in the vicinity which was seen as sign of early human life. The state of Chhattisgarh is also home to many rock-art paintings which seemed to be among the oldest in the world.

However, the exploration of the state’s rich history has largely been hindered due to decades of Maoist insurgency. The left-wing rebels have often been blamed for sabotaging the development of Chhattisgarh, which has also got one of the largest mineral reserves in India.

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