A remarkable discovery unfolded as construction crews working on a bridge near the Telangana-Karnataka border stumbled upon a treasure in the Krishna riverbed.
The findings included centuries-old Vishnu idol and a Shivling, believed to be dating back to 1,000 years.
Both artifacts are now under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The Vishnu idol, standing tall with an aura depicting the ten avatars, is believed to hail from the 11th-century Kalyana Chalukyas dynasty, according to noted historian Padmaja Desai.
As reported by News Nine, Desai speculates that these artifacts might have been submerged in the river deliberately during times of inter-religious wars to shield them from adversaries.
It's worthwhile to note that Raichur, a historical site witnessing over 163 battles, was under the rule of various royal families throughout its rich history.
The green mixed rock used to carve these idols hints at their origins from the time of the Kalyana Chalukyas.
Further research by archaeological experts is underway to unravel more details about these ancient relics.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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