Monday, September 27, 2021

India’s century-old Vishnu idol recovered in Bangladesh

A beautifully crafted black stone statue of Lord Vishnu was recently recovered in Bangladesh by the local police.

The statue that appears to be significantly valuable, is hailed to date back to more than 1,000 years back.

The statue too, like innumerable other exquisite remnants of India’s glorious past shall be preserved in a Museum until the repatriation process is initiated by its land of origin.

About the statue:

The magnificent statue was recovered from the Boro Goali village in Cumilla district of Bangladesh.

The height of the black stone Vishnu idol/statue is about 23 inches with a width of about 9.5 inches. The statue weighs approximately 12 kgs.

Types of sculptures/ statues found in India:

The sculpture was one of the earliest & most favored mediums of artistic expression in the Indian subcontinent and Indian architecture is profusely adorned with it.

Each era in India’s vast & glorious History was replete with aesthetic art, carefully preserving in them our country’s history, heritage, culture, and values.

These are also an indicator of that era’s advancement. While the earliest sculptures/statues crafted by men were found in the Indus valley civilization between 2500 to 1800 BCE were made of terracotta.

The lion sculptures and circular pillars during the Mauryan period (3rd century BCE) were made of stone. As time passed, the human race became more and more skilled in the art of sculpting in mediums ranging from terracotta, stone, granite, metals, etc.

Apart from the medium of sculptures, the subjects of sculptures also revealed a great deal about the era in which they were crafted.

Indian treasures & remnants in museums abroad:

More than thousands of millions of priceless Indian artifacts have been scattered all across the world in prestigious museums plundered mostly from the Indian soil during the Colonial period and some stolen and smuggled later on.

Even as several reports have brought to light the actual origin of these artifacts to be Indian and efforts are being made at all levels to bring these back to their country of origin, still, many of these continue to grace the glory of foreign museums.

Artifacts and deities that have been returned to India:

Many of India’s treasured art pieces and deities have been returned to India from the UK, the USA, and Australia like the 1000 yr old Nataraja deity stolen from the garbha griha of the Brihadeshwara temple, three 15th century idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Sita that were stolen from a temple built in the Vijayanagar period and the Natesha Shiva statue stolen in 1998 from the Ghateshwar temple in Baroli, Rajasthan, among others.

Artifacts that are yet to be returned:

However, there are still many artifacts that are yet to be returned, the infamous Kohinoor diamond being at the top of that list. And, India’s magnificent 17th Century miniature paintings from the Golconda kingdom, the royal charter of the Chola kings, and lakhs of other artifacts are rare antiquities, in display at the Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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