45 idols worth Rs several crore recovered

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Mahoba, May 10 (UNI) As many as 45 precious idols, holding archaeological importance and dating back to eighth century, have been recovered from this district.

The idols, made of granite stone in Khajuraho style, were said to be worth Rs several crore in the international market, sources said.

The recovered idols, comprising one God Vishnu's 'charmukhi' idol, are an exquisite example of craftsmanship.

The idols were spotted during digging of a nullah at village Bacchecharkala in Kulpahar tehsil yesterday.

As Mahoba has been affected by drought currently, the work was being carried out under Rozgar Guarantee Yojana.

According to a local Jeetendra Singh, the recovered idols were 2 to 2.5 feet in length.

However, this is not the first incident when such precious idols and things of eighth century have been found from impoverished Bundelkhand region.

Meanwhile, the matter has been brought to the notice of Archaeological department and senior officials and police deployed on the spot.

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