A 10th-century-old stone idol of Sun God was found in the farmland at Kalagodu village in Gummagatta Mandal of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh on Friday.
The farmland belonged to one Harijan Vannurappa and the idol was discovered when Vannurappa’s son Nagendra was tilling the land and his plough hit the two-foot granite stone idol with two lotus flowers in both hands.
The Rayadurg Heritage Association was immediately informed and its secretary Gudekota Siva Kumar visited the site for inspecting the idol.
Gudekota, after inspecting the idol and cleaning it, sent pictures of it to historian Emani Siva Nagireddy- the CEO of Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati.
Nagireddy, based on the sculpting style of the idol, confirmed that it belonged to the period of the Nolamba kings.
The Nolamba kings ruled the region (large parts of Karnataka and some areas in Andhra Pradesh now) for over 300 years.