Archaeological items possibly connected to Mahabharat times found in Baitadi
Archaeological items which are believed to be thousands of years old have been found in Dewalhat, located in the south of Baitadi district headquarters, state-owned news agency RSS reports.
Dozens of utensils of metals like gold, silver, copper, iron, and bronze and earthenware were found while renovating a Dewal (temple) built in ancient times.
Various items of various shapes and sizes, three large swords, idols and some rice (paddy) in some utensils have been found in Dewalhat, which is linked with the history of the Puranic stories of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the battle of Mahabharata some 5,000 years ago.
After the objects were found in second floor of one of the seven temples in Dewalhat, they are kept safely by creating an affidavit at the presence of District Administration Office, a local Ishwori Dutta Bhatta told RSS.
According to Puranic legends, the Pandavas stayed there for one night during the war, and built seven temples in one night, said Bhatta.
“I had heard from my forefathers that it was a sacred site when Pandavas lived for one night, and I now believe that they were right from the large swords and various utensils found here,” he said.
They were found while renovating the temples in cooperation with the Department of Archeology as they were in dilapidated conditions.
Another local Mahadev Bhatta said they were found mysteriously in dozens. As they were found inside the Dewals built by Pandavas, we suppose that the items inside them might be of the same period, said Bhatta.
Locals say that history of 5,000 years can be traced if the Archeological Department researches on the items. As there is rice in the objects, strange truths can be discovered if the rice in it is studied, they say.
The items have been put in exhibition by organizing a Maha Shivapuran Mahayagya by the local Shiva Shankar Youth Club after the archeological items were found.
Devotees from various places are now thronging to see the objects. The club organized the Mahayagya wishing for world peace and to publicize the items. The number of pilgrims from various places to Dewalhat are increasing, said another local Ganesh Bhandari.
There are six full size and one incomplete Dewal, at Dewalhat, one km south of Shahilek Bazaar of Baitadi. Legend has it that they built them during night and left for their destination after dawn broke while building the seventh.
Hindu devotees believe that their wishes are fulfilled after worship in Dewalhat, a sacred site. A large fair takes place in great Gaura and Shivaratri festivals in the far west.
In the dilapidated Dewals, the Department of Archeology has started renovation of one each year for the past three years. The archecoalgical items were found now in the middle part of one of the Dewals while renovation.