Renovated Buddhist Relic at Karimadi Opened for Public

The renovated ‘Karumadikuttan’ Memorial, the 12th century remains of the Buddhist monument at Karumadi, Ambalappuzha, in Alappuzha, was thrown open for public on Sunday | Suresh Nampoothiri

The renovated ‘Karumadikuttan’ Memorial, the 12th century remains of the Buddhist monument at Karumadi, Ambalappuzha, in Alappuzha, was thrown open for public on Sunday | Suresh Nampoothiri

The New Indian Express
19th January 2015

ALAPPUZHA: The renovated Karumadikuttan memorial at Karumadi near Ambalappuzha was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister K C Joseph here on Sunday.

G Sudhakaran MLA, K C Venugopal MP, Archeological Department director G Premkumar, Karumadi Murali, S Ajayakumar and Devadutt G Purakkad spoke.

The 12th century remains of the Buddhist monument was renovated by the Department of Archaeology.The statue well- known as ‘Karumadikuttan’ forms one of the main archeological remains of the religion in the state.

The damaged statue is an icon that highlights the presence of the ancient religion of Asia here. The historians believe that the statue might have been destroyed in an elephant attack. The department has been allotted `15 lakh for carrying out the preliminary restoration works.

A compound wall, landscaping, installing of floor tiles, lights, security cabin, resting place for visitors and information counters was built as part of the project. The ‘Karumadikuttan’ is a large black granite statue of Lord Buddha and is located about 5 km away from the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swami temple. The left hand of the statue had broken off. It is almost three feet in height, and is seated in the Yogasana posture.

The statue was recovered by Robert Bristow in 1930s from Karumadi brook.

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