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A slab turns out to be an idol

M. Balaganessin



DISCOVERY: A stone idol of Saptha Matha of the Chola period found discovered at Sri Vada Jambukeswarar Temple at Tiruvellarai near Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: : What was till recently used as a slab to cover the earth beside a tap at an ancient temple near here was discovered last week to be a Chola-period stone idol with images of Sri Saptha Matha neatly carved out on it.

A team of epigraphists and members of Tamizhaga Tholliyal Kazhagam, who were on a visit to the Sri Vada Jambukeswar Temple at Tiruvellarai near here, as part of their study on archaeological structures, were surprised when they came across an ancient stone slab near the tap of the temple.

A careful look at the size, nature and shape of the slab made them believe that it should contain some vital information dating back to the hoary past.

The epigraphists dug the earth around the slab and when it was turned over, they were surprised to see the images of Sri Saptha Matha.

The study tour formed part of the recent two-day annual conference of the Kazhagam, according to S. Rasu, president of the Kazhagam.

The idol has been shifted to another place for public worship.

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