Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada/Ambadola, Jun 23:
As many as seven Buddha statues were discovered from below the soil at Biripada village under Ambadola police station limits in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Monday morning.
Some men from Ambadola village–Ranjit Nayak, Sandeep Gouda, Kanhu Nayak and others– had gone to one Bijay Kamrakandi’s field to dig for edible roots in neighbouring Biripada, about 7 KM from their village. After digging three feet deep, they found seven Buddha statues buried under the earth.
The metal sculptures range from 7-10 inch high. However, they could not determine the type of metal from which the sculptures have been made.
These curious men took these Buddha idols to Biripada village where villagers asked them to put them back from where they had brought them as they believe the presence of divine powers of Goddess in that region.
“We refrain from earth digging activities in that area as we feel the presence of Goddess at the place,” a villager said.
Later in the evening, some youth from Ambadola recovered four idols from the site. However, three other sculptures had gone missing by then. The youth handed over the sculptures, which weighed around 4 kg each, to the Ambadola police.