Despite people think of India in a modern perception, Ancient India will not stop its magic that intrigues a curious archaeologist. The Temples, which were built to glorify the divine within man, still baffle the people of today. Such that the quarry that once served for the construction of the Srisailam Millikarjuna temple was recently found by the Archeologists log with a 16th century Kannada inscription.    

Emani Sivanagireddy, archaeologist and the CEO of Cultural Centre of Vijayawada Amaravathi told a media source that the quarries on the left side along the road opposite Alluri Sitaramaraju Choultry, nearby the temple, could be the sites from where massive stone blocks were used for the construction of some main temples in the complex along with the huge compound wall between 12th and 16th centuries.

Mr. Sivanagireddy also told that he identified these quarries during a broad survey around Srisailam, for ‘Preserve Heritage for Posterity’ a CCVA programme. The cut marks used for inserting iron wedges to split the stone blocks which measured 3x1x1 inches that were clearly visible at five spots along the road.

Along with the quarry, Kannada inscriptions dating back to the 16th century were also found. To get the Ancient Kannada Texts deciphered, they were taken to the notice of K. Muniratnam Reddy, Director (Epigraphy), Mysuru Archaeological Survey Of India.

Based on the significant discovery, Mr. Sivanagireddy appealed to the Srisailam temple authorities and the Archaeology department and Museums Department to protect and preserve the ancient quarries and inscriptions.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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