A five-foot idol of unknown period was unearthed in an agricultural land in Madurantakam of Chengalpattu district, on Tuesday.
Murugesan (50), a farmer, was digging his land to build a house when he unearthed the sculpture.
After cleaning the idol, it turned out to be statue resembled Hindu god Perumal and also as resembled as Buddha . It is then Murugesan reached out to the Revenue department and Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department. Both the departments have begun examining the idol’s antiquity.
Unconfirmed sources said this idol is believed to have belonged to the ancient Vaishnavite shrine Varadaraja Perumal temple in Madurantakam. However carbon dating may come out with real facts
It is likely that the idol was ransacked and abandoned during an invasion, said locals but proper probing may give leads said Archaeological experts