GUNTUR: A rare sculpture of 1000 Nagas (tiny sculptures of serpent) carved on a single slab was found at Velpuru village, Krosur Mandal in Guntur district. The sculpture is believed to have been of 5th century.
Following an alert by the villagers, noted archaeologist and CEO, the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA), Dr. E. Sivanagireddy visited the village on Wednesday and examined it thoroughly. He said that, a slab lying upside down, on an ant hill mound Nagulakatta locally called as Devataladibba titled by the villagers was found by a series of vertical lines in a row shifted and erected on the north-eastern corner of the Ramesvara temple sometime back.
Dr. Reddy said that a huge broken granite slab measuring 2’-0 x 6’-0 x 0’-4’’ was carved with 24 rows with 26 miniature sculptures in each row on the front side and a total of 624 serpents are visible and it can be surmised that the rest of 576 serpent sculptures might be on the broken part of the slab yet to be located. The sculpture bears lot of archaeological significance with its association of the find place Velpuru, where 35 inscriptions ranging in date from the 5th century to 6th century AD representing Vishnukundin, Vengi Chalukya, Velanati Chola, Kota Chiefs, Kakatiya, Reddy, Vijayanagara and Gajapati rulers, said Dr. Reddy. He made an appeal to the local community to safe guard the rare sculpture for posterity and requested the officials of the tourism department to operate a Naga tourist circuit connecting the Durga Nageswara temple, Pedakallepalli and Subbarayudu temple at Mopidevi in Krishna district to that of the 1000 Nagas Sculpture at Velpuru and organise package tours on special occasions like Nagula Chavithi.





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