Srinagar: A sculpture of Hindu goddess Durga believed to be almost 1200 years old, was recovered by the Police in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday. The statuette was handed over to the department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums on Tuesday.
Officials informed that the sculpture of 12”x 08” size carved in a black stone is of Hindu goddess Durga seated on a lion throne along with 4 attendants.
Speaking with Greater Kashmir, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Budgam, Tahir Saleem Khan said that the ancient sculpture was recovered from a local in Khansahab area in Budgam after getting reports that “he was attempting to sell it”.
Khan said the sculpture was handed over to the department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums today.
Later in the day, a statement issued by the police said the sculpture was recovered from the house of Nawaz Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh, a resident of
Yarikhah Khansahab during a search. It said that Sheikh was attempting to sell it but police recovered it from him.
The police statement said that a team of officers from department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums were called for examination of the recovered sculpture at district police office Budgam.
“During examination it was revealed that the recovered sculpture of goddess Durga dates back roughly to 7th-8th AD (about 1200 years old)” the statement said.
The sculpture was retrieved on August 13 from Jhelum at Pandrethan area of Srinagar by the labourers while extracting sand, police added.
Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh, Deputy Director, department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums said the sculpture will be placed at the SPS Museum on Wednesday.