Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, Mar 17:
In a deplorable state of affairs, ten ancient figurines belonging to seventh or eighth century are literally lying in a garbage pit filled with waste water, in Pendagadi village under Kaptipada block in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.
Pendagadi village has a Buddhist past with various statues of the era found lying around the area.
While, Goddess Bhimeshwar statues is established in the village temple, ten other figurines are lying in an abandoned place near Pendagadi Ashram school.
Waste water from the school kitchen and toilet is being let into the statues, while some people are also defecating nearby, according to a report in Sambad.
Kaptipada sub collector Prabhat Kumar Mahapatra, has said the conservation work of the historical figurines is the work of the Integrated Tribal development Agency (ITDA).
While, the ITDA project administrator Brahmananda Behera has said that it is the responsibility of the district administration. He further said that he will ask the district welfare officer to look into the issue.