In a major breakthrough, ruins of Buddhist sculptures have been discovered in the Kelua river bed at Bedipur under Dharmasala tehsil in Odisha’s Jajpur district.
Eminent Buddhist researcher Mr Nrushingha Charan Sahoo has discovered the century-old sculptures from the river bed during his research conducted in Brahmani-Kelua island area.
The ruins of sculptures, including a residential place belonging to 7th or 8th century AD Buddhists and an ‘Arghya stupa,’ carved out of the Brajagiri and Ratnagiri stones, were discovered, said Mr Sahoo.
The sculptures were destroyed as the river water entered into the land during the rainy season before the construction of bridges over the Brahmani river by the British, he said.
“Bedipur area is surrounded by old Buddhist sites such as Kaima and Langudi. Our search has yielded around ten stone images, bricks and pottery in red colour. The mounds were formed on huge boulders on which a brick-built stupa was raised,” said Mr Nrusingh Sahoo.
Mr Sahoo has already informed the cultural department and other officials about the discovery of a Buddha Stupa in the river bed.