By Sanjay Godbole
Muzafferabad, the historically important city, is presently the Capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Here several age old and ancient relics and remains have been unearthed and brought to light. The classification exercise of these remains into Hindu and Buddhist categories, is presently in the offing. Here, there is an ancient whitish knoll, where broken pieces of terracottas, pot sherds, ancient objects and beads of numerous shapes and designs frequently surface during explorations and expiditions. It is here only that many age old and ancient sculpture have been reported and the work of erreting a small museum of these precious items is in progress, in Muzafferabad.
Dr. Sabir Afaqi, an erudite professor was the Head of Department, of Urdu, Persian and Arabic studies, at the University of Kashmir Muzaffarabad. He has translated into Persian, a book depicting the ancient history of Kashmir, titled “Rajtarangini”. Sabir Sahib, was also the President of Kashmir Gujar Association. I Ie provided me from Muzafferabad a photograph of
Kashmiri Sculpture, for my persual and for studying the same.Dr. Sabir is of the opinion that many ancient remains and antiquities of historically and archaeogically importance do exist in the near viscinity of Muzafferbad and even these old remains are possibly connected with many events and occurances thereof since the Mahabharata era.
Dr. G.B. Deglurkar, an eminent authority on Iconography, has opined that the Sculpture which was found at Muzafferabad recently, belongs to the class of sculpture categorized as “Hero Worship” type. The sculpture can be described as under :-
Under the decorative arch, there is a Warriar in a fighting and Combatant stance. He holds in his hand a Sword like weapon. In the front of the Sculpture, there is a niche in the wall for illuminating the Sculpture with the help of a Lamp. Below the nich, mere is an ornamental decoration of the temple. On. account of the aureaole behind the sculpture, it could be surmised that unless the sculpture is that of a deity, could possibly be of a noble soul or a majestic personality like a “Virgal” type Sculpture of Southern India. The sculpture can be assigned to eighteenth century.
(The author is a noted archaeologist, based in Pune).