Worship plaque found



Worship plaque found Chandrapur: An archaeological excavation near here has led to the recovery of an ancient 'Worship Plaque', carved in red-stone that is revered in Buddhism.

A mound near Chandankheda village, in Bhadrawati tehsil of this district in Vidarbha, is being excavated since March 9 for establishing its glorious past during the Satavahana period (230 BC).

The excavation has been undertaken by the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology (AICH&A), Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, Nagpur University, State Archaeology Department and Chandrapur Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

After recovery of a gold coin belonging to 'Nal Dynasty' on April 13, the team was in for another haul in the form of 'Worship Plaque'. Pradeep Meshram, Head of the Department (AICH&A), Nagpur University, said the plaque was found at the lower level of the trench at the excavation site.

It resembles a trapezium in shape with dimensions, 7 cm in length, 1.5cm in thickness and 4cm in width. Each of its sides is decorated with symbols that are related with life of Lord Buddha, he added.

The symbols on the plaque are carved in high and low relief. The plaque has a stupa and an image of smiling Yaksha, who has highly decorated ornaments, indicating fine artistic craftsmanship, Meshram said.

PTI