Excavated idols, CM Biplab Deb says he found testimony to importance of Tripura

A day after the discovery of two ancient idols during the excavations of Jagannath Dighi, a local religious water body in the city of Udaipur in Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that the discovery testifies to the fact that Tripura was an important “Dharma” center in the Northeast.

“#Tripura has been the prominent center of Dharma in the North East. The discovery of 2 idols of Bhagwan Vishnu at Jagannath Diggi Udaipur is proof of this. Thousands of years old rock reliefs on the Unnakoti hills also depict the state’s rich culture. ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय!” the CM tweeted.

Jagannath Dighi, the sacred water body of Jagannath Temple in Udaipur, was built in the 17th century, when Udaipur was known as Rangamati.

Tripura is known for its ancient historical sites like the Buddhist ruins of Pilak in southern Tripura and the 8th century Unakoti rock carvings in Unakoti district.

Jagannath’s dighi is currently being dried and excavated as part of a government campaign to beautify the city.

Earlier, in 2018, a 300-year-old sandstone statue was discovered at Rabindra Sangha, a local club in Gomati district of Tripura, near the Jagannath Dighi.

ASI experts were called in to date the statue and confirm its authenticity. However, they refused to take possession of the statue.

A local club later claimed possession of the idol, saying it was an idol of ‘Maa Sheetla’, a Bengali deity, and erected a temple to worship it.