Mizoram villager retrieves Hindu deity effigy

Mizoram villagers find a deity believed to be Hindu goddess Kali
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By Our Correspondent

New Delhi, July 23: In a development of keen archaeological interest, a villager in Mizoram has dug out a stone-engraved effigy believed to be of Goddess Kali.

Local reports stated that a resident from Darlawn village of Lalremruata in Mizoram retrieved a stone-engraved effigy of a deity from a depth of 10 feet. He came across the discovery, while digging a pond, located nearly 7 kms from his hamlet on July 18, which has caught the attention of the local, as well as socio-political activists in the North-eastern parts of the country.

Reports claimed that the statue is 3.6 feet long and 1.9 feet wide, while weighing about two quintals. They further stated that the surrounding area was also immediately dug up for possibility of finding other statues.

The old statue’s identity has not been formally established. But the local reports claimed that the Mizoram Gorkha Mandir Committee and local Hindus have asserted that it belonged to the Hindu goddess Kali Devi.

It has further been stated that the local historians and archaeologists believe that the statue belongs to Hindu idols.

This has led to significant build-up of curiosity in Mizoram, since the antique statue resembles the Hindu goddess. It must be noted that Mizoram is a Christian-dominated state, while the history of the state is mainly traced from Tibeto-Burman speaking language.

However, the Indian epics such as Mahabharata mention Pandav Arjuna’s marriage with a princess of Manipur Chitranagada, giving credence to the claims of the Vedic historians that the ancient Indian culture was indeed popular in the North-eastern states. It is also stated that Arjuna had a son with Chitrangada named Babhruvahana.

It may also be recalled that the Archaeological Survey of India in 2016 had discovered a rich haul of the sculptures of the Hindu deities Ganesh, Kalki and Makara.

The ASI discovery was found at the necropolis at Vangcchia in Mizoram. The sculptures were found in conditions of being guarded by the Neolithic menhirs.

The ASI has also come across rock engravings of human figures in Mizoram of the lost civilizations.

For years, there has, incidentally, been a debate in the academic circles if any Hindu civilization existed in areas of Mizoram where Mizo people are believed to have inhabited for ages.


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