An abiding interest in the past

Foreign research scholars who are on a visit to the Phangiri archaeological site in Nagonda district on Wednesday.

Foreign research scholars who are on a visit to the Phangiri archaeological site in Nagonda district on Wednesday.

The Hindu
T. KARNAKAR REDDY

Four foreign Sanskrit research scholars from four countries visited Buddhist archaeological site located at Phanigri in Nalgonda district on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Hindu , S. R.Vishalatchi, Director of Archaeology and Museums, said the research scholars from France, Germany, UK and USA approached them seeking permission to visit Nelakondapally, Khammam district, and Phangiri.

She said that the research scholars wanted to go through the inscriptions laid during the Ikshvaku dynasty across Telanagana as part of their research. Assistant Director of Archaeology and Museums, Panagal, P. Nagaraju accompanied the foreign scholars to the Buddhist site.

Arol Griffithis, professor of South-east Asian History at École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), a French institute dedicated to the study of Asian societies, and his three friends were part of the four-member team.

Mr. Arlo and his four member team had spent an entire day at Phanigiri. The Archaeology officials were surprised to see their knowledge of Indian history. Going through the four inscriptions and some label inscriptions that were found at Phanigiri written in Prakruthi language, the foreign scholars read out and understood each and every word without taking any help from local Archaeology authorities. They even discussed the Buddhist Jathaka Tales.

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