The discovery of historical coins in Kavadipally village has made it a hotspot.
Kavadipally village in Hayatnagar, Ranga Reddy district, where the 17th Century coins were found on Saturday is agog with excitement. The villagers believe that the idols of the Ramalayam temple of the village, which were stolen some 10-11 years ago have come back transformed as coins, for the coins bear the images of Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman inscribed on them. There were in all four coins with 1616 markings of the Dutch East India Company.
“First we thought God has given us the stolen idols back when we heard that a shepherd got ‘murthy’ (idol),” K Krishna Reddy, sarpanch fo Kavadipally told the Postnoon team today. “Then we found they are coins and we informed the collector because they are antique and we can’t hold them.”
The young shepherd D Ailayya, who got the coins, is a proud man who has suddenly shot to ‘fame’ after the find. He says he first got one coin in the forested hills of Kavadipally. “I was stunned,” said a beaming Ailayyya. “It was so alluring and shining. I thought there may be more and I searched the whole area and in all I got four,” he smiled recalling the feat.
At first Ailayya hid his find in a rocky crevice and told some close friends. Soon the news spread like wildfire in the village. Elders came to the scene, retrieved the coins and handed them to the deputy collector.
Meanwhile, people from nearby villages have started coming to the spot where the coins were found. Now, the rocky spot has become a sort of ‘pilgrim site’ and a lot of people come with the hope of finding themselves one.
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