Postnoon team finds villagers planning to celebrate the ‘return of Lord Rama’ as they call the find of 17th century coins in forest abutting village. Rama idol was stolen from the village temple a decade ago.
“Yeh sab bhagwan ki maya hai,” gushed temple committee chairman K Prabhakar Reddy of Kavadipally village where four panchaloha coins from the 17th Century were found recently.
A crowd of villagers gathered discussing the find echoed the leader’s sentiment. “We waited for 10 years for our idols stolen from the temple. Now, Anjaneya has brought them in coin form,” Prabhakar believes. Otherwise, he reasoned, why nothing of such great antiquity was ever found here before?
The coins on which were engraved the images of Lord Rama, Sita and Hanuman with 1616 Dutch East India Company markings were discovered in the forested parts of the village by a shepherd D Aiyesh and Ailaiah (cousins) on Saturday. The coins, an important find that would throw light on the cultural history of this region, have been handed over to the collector.
Since the find, villagers from the nearby areas have been coming to Kavadipally almost everyday asking if new things were discovered. “Eeroju kuda meeku emanna dorikinda?” (have you found anything new today?) asked a villager elder K Laxman.
We climbed the rocky spot where the coins were found. It’s a steep climb and the rocks draw the forest contour. Only shepherds usually move about with their herds here. Durgam Ailaiah stepped forward to point out the spot where he found the first coin. It’s called “Valsa Gundla.” He had first thought he got a gold biscuit. “I was so happy I hid it in the crevice of a boulder,” he explained in Telugu. Next day he took some more friends and went to the spot, and lo! There were more coins! “Then my friends told me it is not gold but ‘loha’ metals and they are to be given to the government.” Soon word spread through the village and they all came running to see the ‘murthy’ the boys got. But there has been an anti-climax to the expectations. Villagers were waiting for the lost idols but got coins instead.
Govt will decide further
Deputy collector Y Surender Rao who took over the coins has sealed the coins and handed them to collector Vani Prasad. The precious find will be handed over to the archaeology department for research and probe. “No,” he said when asked if he would recommend excavation of the area. “Now, it’s up to the government and the archaeology to decide the further course of action.”
Last year… here
Channelise youth power
Last year we had reported how the Lok Satta party chief JP Narayan had said that it was important to channelise youth power following the popular response to Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption. With the Parliament agreeing to pass the Lokpal Bill back then, Hazare’s fast also ended. A year later it is still hanging.
August 28, 2011
60,000 students appeared for the GATE exam from the City last year. For the next exam in 2013, the number of students is expected to increase by 10 per cent.
5 things we learnt today
The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.
1. India welcomes everybody with arms open wide.
Ever since trouble erupted in Burma, refugees have been making a beeline for the City, albeit illegally. Though Bangladesh and China have now restricted their entry, we continue to let them in, unaccounted for.
2. Congress revamp in State can wait some more.
With the Centre busy trying to fight the coalgate scam, the State Cabinet reshuffle will just have to wait for its turn.
3. The City is a treasure trove and everyone is on the hunt.
First it was rumour about a hidden treasure at Vidyaranya and now the discovery of the panchaloha coins in Kavadipally has everybody excited.
4 .Turn off billboard lights to save power. Brilliant idea.
The GHMC has ordered turning off lights on the numerous billboards in the City in a bid to save power.
5. To avoid glitches, GATE goes online in parts.
Learning from the CAT glitches, GATE is going online in phases.
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