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J&K: 9th-century sculpture of Lord Vishnu recovered from Jehlum river in Pulwama

Published: 9th Apr, 2022

Context

In the Kashmir Valley, an ancient sculpture of Lord Vishnu dating back to 9th Century was recovered from river Jehlum in Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.

About

About the Sculpture:

  • The sculpture is a three headed Lord Vishnu and is made of black and green colour stone, is a unique sculpture of the 9th Century, was later handed over to the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The recovered sculpture is a unique three-headed idol of Lord Vishnu and represents him as the Supreme Being.
  • Reportedly, the frontal human face is that of ‘Vasudeva’, the right face is of a lion and is called ‘Samkarsana’, the left one boar is north facing and of ‘Aniruddha’.
  • The small idol on Vishnu’s left is that of ‘Chakrapurusha’ which personifies his battle mace.

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