Officials have announced the discovery of ancient Hindu artifacts, including an idol of Vishnu and a Shivalinga, in the Krishna riverbed at Raichur, near the Telangana-Karnataka border. The recent construction of a bridge in the riverbed led to this discovery. It is estimated that the artifacts may be more than 1000 years old.
Artifacts found that are now in the possession of the Archaeological Service India (ASI) have significant historical and religious value. Of particular note is the idol of Vishnu, which bears a striking resemblance to the features of the revered statue of Ram Lalla installed in the recently opened Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
The idol of Vishnu, when in a standing position, has an aura depicting ten avatars , which gives it historical and artistic significance. This discovery not only sheds light on the rich cultural heritage of the region, but also highlights the importance of preserving and studying such artifacts for future generations. As experts continue to analyze and interpret these results, they provide valuable information about the ancient Hindu civilization and its artistic traditions.
According to Hindu mythology, River Krishna is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, resulting from the curse of Savitri (also known as Sarasvati) in Trimurti. It is revered as one of the sacred rivers of India, related to the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, and is named after Lord Krishna. Puranic texts suggest that ritual bathing in the Krishna River can cleanse a person of past sins and impurities, emphasizing its importance in spiritual purification.
Devotees of Krishna also believe that he spent most of his adult life on banks of the Krishna River. It is said that Krishna performed many divine miracles on the banks of the Krishna River. These miraculous deeds included lifting Govardhan Hill, defeating the demon Bakasura and freeing the serpent Kaliya from his malevolent influence.
From a historical perspective, the Krishna river basin was home to several ancient civilizations, including the Vedic period and the Satavahana, Vijayanagara and Kakatiya empires. These civilizations flourished along the banks of the river, using its waters for agriculture, trade and religious rituals.