Naxals pushed 1000-year old Lord Ganesh idol from the cliff, but hope is there!

After a 1000-year-old Lord Ganesh idol, situated atop Dholkal hill in the Naxalite-plagued Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh went missing and was found 13,000 feet down the hill in pieces, many lost their hearts.

This Lord Ganesh statue was frequented by many devotees and was a sign of normalcy in the otherwise Naxalite bastion.

Tagged as the Dholkal Ganesh, the pieces of the statue is now getting examined by the restoration experts and the administration in now in consultation with the local residents to reinstate the statue!

This ancient Lord Ganesh statue,located on the Dholkal hill in Chhattisgarh's Naxalite infested Dantewada was found thrown from a height of 13,000 feet. It has broken down in 56 pieces as per some reports.
This ancient Lord Ganesh statue, located on the Dholkal hill in Chhattisgarh’s Naxalite-infested Dantewada was found thrown from a height of 13,000 feet. It has broken down in 56 pieces as per some reports.

Santosh K Misra, Secretary Information & Public Relations, Culture & Tourism, Government of Chhattisgarh, told the people that the police suspects that Naxals could be behind this dirty job as many people had started coming to this area and were thus disturbing their designs.

His words have brought relief to the people who used to frequent the area just to see this Lord Ganesh statue!

Was there an attempt to steal the historic Lord Ganesh statue?

Unlikely, as the Lord Ganesh statue is said to be at least 4-feet and weighs quite a lot. Then it was situated on a steep vertical hill where it has stayed for many centuries and weathered many storms. Hence, it was obvious that the stealing part could be a little far-fetched.

There are no roads either here, and people have to walk with difficulty as the terrain is difficult, so considering these factors the ‘stealing’ angle is, again, being ruled out.

The idol is an archeological marvel and was made during the time of Nagvanshi dynasty in the 9th or 10th century and placed on a ‘dhol’ shaped mountain range. This is at least 450 km away from Raipur and is a dense forest frequented by the Naxalites.

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