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Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Sculptures Discovered Near Assam-Mizoram Border

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Sculptures Discovered Near Assam-Mizoram Border
Journey Through Time: Assam University Scholars' Night Trek Reveals 1500-Year-Old Artifacts
Silchar, Assam - 10 December, 23: In a groundbreaking discovery, researchers from Assam University, Silchar, claim to have uncovered ancient sculptures dating back to the 8th century at a hill near the Assam-Mizoram border. Dr. Ganesh Nandi and Dr. Binoy Paul, associated with Assam University's Department of Visual Arts, made the find during a night journey through the forests, reaching Kolalian village in Mizoram's Mamit district.

The sculptures, influenced by Hindu and Buddhist traditions, bear resemblance to those in Tripura's Unakoti and Pilak, believed to be from the 7th to 9th century. Dr. Nandi noted similarities in style to Buddha idols in Cambodia, adding an air of mystery to the discovery.

While only one full-sized idol resembling Lord Buddha was found, the researchers speculate about the presence of more idols in the area. Dr. Nandi suggests a possible connection to historical events, mentioning the Rajmala's account of General Rai Kachak performing Durga Puja at the hill, sent by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya during the 15th century.

Despite lacking definitive evidence of the sculptures' age, Dr. Nandi compares the art style to the Gupta and Paul periods (750-1200 CE) and suggests further research is needed to establish a concrete timeline. The sculptures' discovery has surprised locals, who have been quietly safeguarding them as sacred.

According to Pitaram Reang, a local resident, the hill was once adorned with numerous artworks, but many were destroyed after the area became part of Mizoram in 1989. He believes that 90% of these sculptures have been lost due to attacks using grenades and other weapons.

Residents, calling attention to their vulnerable situation, have been urging researchers and journalists to document and protect these relics. Dr. Jayanta Bhushan Bhattacharjee, a senior researcher and former vice-chancellor of Assam University Silchar, expressed astonishment at the find, emphasizing its potential to reshape the history of Barak Valley and surrounding areas.

As the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) prepares to visit the site, there is hope for further revelations. Dr. Bhattacharjee stressed the importance of preserving and protecting this newfound historical treasure, potentially rewriting the narrative of this region's rich past. The ASI team, accompanied by scholars from Assam University Silchar, is poised to embark on a journey that could uncover more hidden wonders.