1,200 year old idols found in Nalanda

Nalanda Mahavira is a World Heritage Site. It has stupas and viharas. Also, there are remains of monastic and scholastic institutions belonging to the third century BCE. The Archaeology Survey of India recently reported that two 1,200-year-old idols were found in a pond near Nalanda Mahavira. The idols were found when the Jal Jeevan Hariyali project was being implemented.

About the idols

The idols are to be kept in the Nalanda Museum. And will then be protected as per provisions of the Treasure Trove Act of 1878. According to the act, the statues discovered beneath the earth are usually brought to a nearby temple. However, if the worth of the antique found is more than ten rupees (the act was legislated in the 19th century and so ‘10’ rupees!) they are handed over to a government treasury in that area. This treasurer has the power to collect the antique on behalf of the government.

Nalanda Mahavira

It is one of the ancient sites in the Indian subcontinent. The site is in the state of Bihar. The Nalanda Mahavira was built by Kumaragupta I, son of Chandragupta II. It was destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji.

Jal Jeevan Hariyali

It works under Bihar Government. The main objective of the mission is to conserve water, make sure there is adequate water in the state, maintain the levels of groundwater, control water pollution, energy conservation, etc.



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