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Udupi: Ancient Unicorn Idol Found at Kalya


Udupi: Ancient Unicorn Idol Found at Kalya

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Jun 14: S A Krishnaiah, folklore scholar, and Prof T Murugeshi, professor of MSRS College Shirva in the department of history and archaeology, said that a very rare unicorn sculpture of ‘Hayagajanandi (combination of horse, elephant, bull), has been found from Nagabrahmasthana at Kalya near Nitte in Karkala taluk. They were addressing a press conference here on Monday June 13. This stone sculpture is claimed to be one of the rarest of the unicorn icons found in India.

The hind and front left legs of the sculpture have been damaged. The right front leg clearly resembles that of an elephant. The hind leg is like those of the bulls, with hoof at the tip. The tail of the icon is like that of the bull instead of horse. The sculpture has the face of a horse, and a part of the face has been broken. A single horn standing at the centre of the sculpture's head, is in broken condition. An artistic chain with tiny jingle bells joined together adorns the body of the sculpture, and a saddle is carved atop its back, while another attractive chain has been looped around the neck and face of the sculpture.

This unicorn sculpture happens to be the vehicle of Bermeru Daiva (demigod) of the Nagabrahmasthana. In Tulu folklore, the demigods riding horse or such other animals are identified as ‘Bermeru’ or ‘Jaina Bermeru’. The sculpture now found, which is an imaginary animal created by creative artistes, is said to be the first of its kind in the country. The sculpture is estimated to be belonging to the 12th or 13th century AD. The sculptures with features of different animals represent fertility, Prof Murugeshi said.

He noted that some precious artefacts are often found during the reconstruction and renovation of various temples and Daivasthanas in the coast. Some of them get buried under the debris, while there is also a practice of throwing them into water bodies. He requested the concerned to preserve these treasures in archaeological museums instead. Prof Murugeshi also added that the unicorn sculpture now found will be preserved at the National Archaeological Museum at New Delhi.

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  • satish, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 14 2011

    Alan ..what you said is 100% correct. Please preserve it in our own place either mangalore ...manipal or even at dharmasthal museum. Is there any organization to follow this so that it will wont be routed to delhi as then abroad.

    And Norbert ..u can fast till midnight but not letter then that because you can get a 'lati' after midnight to eat...

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  • Boja, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 14 2011

    The sculpture should be kept in mangalore there are enough museums in mangalore/udupi/manipal why it has to be kept in delhi

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  • thomasaquin, Mangalore/Saudi

    Tue, Jun 14 2011

    Alan...How else can anybody profit from this, but by making the original sculpture disappear enroute Delhi.
    Norbert...if you fast, they will show you duplicate sculpture to satisfy you....original will be somewhere in the international antique black market.

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  • Daya Bangera, Katapady / Abu dhabi

    Tue, Jun 14 2011

    What a system !. The Sculpture found in our place will be preserved in Delhi. It should be preserved in same region. Local leaders should take care of all these.....

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  • Norbert Sequeira, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 14 2011

    na na NEVER DELHI, let it be in Mangalore / Manipal. Otherwise, I will go on fast .. honey, water for 9 days ...

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  • Robert Luis Quadras, Paniyoor, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 14 2011

    Dear Murugeshi Sir,
    Hats up for the new invention. really I got most excited when I heard this news.
    Best wishes for he future dicoveries.

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  • Padmanabha Shenoy, Udupi / Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Jun 13 2011

    I too stand with Mr. Alan as this sculpture can be preserved in Manipal museum or else where in Managalore not Delhi

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  • Alan, M'lore

    Mon, Jun 13 2011

    Why should the sculpture be taken to delhi... it belongs here.
    It should not be taken from this place from where it is found...

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