Two stone idols of Buddha have been found in the debris of a Veerabhadra Swamy temple tank at Motupalli village in Prakasam district.
The idols date back to 9th-10th centuries AD. The discovery was made on Saturday by E. Sivanagi Reddy, a Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada as part of his survey of the area.
Assisted by Govind, sarpanch of Rudramambapuram, a hamlet in Motupalli, a local resident Dhararatha Reddy Raju and Tenali-based amateur archaeologist K. Venkateswara Rao, Mr. Nagireddy surveyed the area and identified a few pot shreds, Chinese enamelware and fragments of shell bangles, all dated to the Chola period.
In the vicinity, a huge red earthenware (a jar) and three terracotta rings also dating back to the Chola era were found.
The left palm of the Buddha idol has a motif of a Dharmachakra, similar to an idol found in Amaravati earlier, also belonging to the 9th-10th centuries AD. Another Buddha idol carved in black basalt stone was found in the debris. Mr. Nagireddy said the articles discovered were of great historic significance