Sun God ’emerges’ from earth at Cotton varsity | Guwahati News

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GUWAHATI: An intricately carved figure of a Pala Empire Sun God surprised construction workers when they were recently digging the earth for the building of the new administrative office of Cotton University. The historical find, weighing about 200 kg and about 3ft tall, has also taken the university authority by surprise. The figure was lying just a few meters under the earth’s surface.
Experts of the state archaeological directorate said the structure was most likely carved out between the 9th and 12th Century AD when Kamrupa was under the Pala Empire. Director of archaeology, Deepi Rekha Kouli, confirmed that the figure is that of the ‘Sun God’.
The discovery, she said, hinted at the presence of important ancient sculptures in areas around the Ambari archaeological site, which was discovered in 1968. Material evidence unearthed during the course of excavations at the ancient town of Ambari lends credence to the site as one of the most significant hubs of culture that flourished in ancient Kamrupa.
An expert told TOI that the figure, mounted on a seven horse chariot with lotuses in both hands and with Dandi and Pingala in attendance, confirms the structure is that of the ‘Sun God’.
Kouli said there is a need to carry out further excavations in the area, where more glowing testimonies of history may be unearthed. “We need to take possession of the sculpture. A request has been placed before the university authority to examine the surrounding area,” she said. Archaeologically relevant sculptures were unearthed in and around the university in the past and this has encouraged the directorate to carry out more excavations. But the location of the university in the busy Pan Bazar area of the city may hamper the directorate’s plans as there is hardly any vacant land in the vicinity.
Executive engineer of CU, Rajib Lochan Sarmah, said construction and preservation will have to go on hand in hand. “The administrative building is coming up on prime land. We are not aware of preserving this site, but the university administration will continue to carry out the work in accordance with the instructions of the archaeology department,” said Sarmah.
Ranjana Sharma, deputy director of the archaeological directorate, has requested the CU registrar to stop the construction work for the time being. “The structure is beautifully carved and spotless. We were amazed to find it in such a good state after so many centuries,” said Sharma.
“We have requested CU to let our experts carry out scientific digging so that if there are more such structures, they are not damaged,” said Sharma.





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