Pandharpur: Ancient Idols Discovered in Vitthal Temple’s Secret Basement

Pandharpur: Ancient Idols Discovered in Vitthal Temple's Secret Basement

Pandharpur: Ancient Idols Discovered in Vitthal Temple's Secret Basement

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In a significant archaeological find, ancient idols have been uncovered in the secret basement of the Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur. These idols are believed to date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

The discovery includes two large Venkatesh idols, each standing approximately three to three and a half feet tall. A variety of other idols of different sizes have also been found, alongside what is believed to be divine footwear and ancient coins. An idol of a goddess has been uncovered as well.

The basement was discovered during routine temple work last night, prompting the archaeology department to begin excavations. The department is actively investigating the site, with ongoing efforts to uncover more artifacts and understand their significance.

This discovery adds a rich layer to the historical and cultural importance of the Vitthal Temple, offering a glimpse into the religious practices and artistry of the period. Further excavation and study are expected to provide more insights into the origins and context of these artifacts.