The historical secrets of the village of Narayanagiri leave the historian in suspense

Warangal: Traces of Buddhist, Jain, Shaivite and Vaishnavite religions, as well as artifacts from prehistoric times, have been identified by R. Rathnakar Reddy in Narayanagiri village of Dharmasagar mandal in Hanumakonda district.

Among the historical finds was a large sculpture of Mahakali, as well as a Karanda Makutam (throne), found near the Narasimha Swamy Gutta near Chittem Rallagadda. As the sculpture was of a partially clothed deity, Reddy said it was carved before the Kakatiya era. It was found partially buried in the ground.

Reddy said that Padaga Rai (stone) was carved in a temple at Narasimha Swamy Gutta, which also has several statues of Alwar (heavenly disciples) and a large Shivalingam carved in the temple premises. An intriguing part of the architecture is that a pond-like structure, on the upper side of the hill, is not accessible to the public.

Narayanagiri village is famous for producing warriors, and a temple with idols of about 20 idols has also been identified.

Reddy said there were also three Boudha Stupas in the valley, towards the downward slope of Yellagutta, but many faced threats of demolition due to lack of public awareness. The bricks used in the construction of the stupas were found scattered in several places in the village.

In the surroundings of the stupas there is also a Bodagutta, in the middle of the dense forests. A naturally shaped cave with the carving of the Vardhaman Tirthankara is found here. Two lions were also carved with the statue, which Reddy says indicates that followers of Jainism meditated here. An emblem of Jainism was also found in the village, called Lingambodu by locals.

Elaborating on the Shaivite carvings, Reddy said a large boulder with a series of carvings of 18 goddesses was found. The presence of Sapta Mathrukalu, Shivalingam, Nandi, Mahishasura Mardhini and Naga Devatha indicates the presence of Shaivites, he said.

He also said that the grooves found on the hills surrounding the villages were indications of the Stone Age.

Among the finds were several mud structures at Mallanna Gutta, which Reddy said glow when hit by sunlight.

The historian called on officials from the archeology department to visit Narayanagiri village to observe the Longambodu Shasanam and decode it. He said the village is home to several important historical structures and the government should turn the village into a tourist spot.