In the historic district of Raichur, Karnataka, an ancient statue of Lord Vishnu, featuring all ten incarnations, has been unearthed near the sacred Krishna River. This rare black stone idol, believed to be several centuries old, shares striking resemblances with the recently consecrated statue of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya’s new Ram Temple.
Alongside the Vishnu idol, archaeologists also discovered an ancient Shivalinga at the site, adding to the religious and archaeological significance of the find.
The discovery near the Krishna river holds paramount historical importance, given the river’s association with ancient civilizations and religious practices over the centuries. Dr Padmaja Desai, a lecturer in ancient history and archaeology at Raichur University, described the idol as a likely sanctum sanctorum adornment that might have been submerged in the river during a temple’s possible destruction.
The Lord Vishnu idol depicts all ten avatars, including Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki.
Vishnu is portrayed with four arms, holding the ‘shankha’ and ‘chakra’ in the upper hands and positioned to grant boons with the lower hands (‘kati hasta’ and ‘varada hasta’). Notably, the idol lacks Garuda, typical of Vishnu idols, and features a pair of women holding fans.