REMEMBERING DIDARGANJ YAKSHI ON OCTOBER 18, 2016 – ON THE 100TH YEAR OF HER DISCOVERY
On October 18, 1917; a well-preserved, life-size statue of a female chauri (fly-whisk) bearer was found from Didarganj (Bihar) by sheer chance.
The Mauryan period life-size image of Mauryan Sandstone has been acclaimed, worldwide; as one of the finest specimen of ‘feminine beauty’ and is now the part of the ‘World – Heritage’.
The report further mentions that the statue was dug up by Qaji Muhammad Afzal alias Ghulam Rasul, s/o Maulana Qaji Saiyid Muhammad Azimul alias Ghulam Mohi-ud-din and ultimately the Hindus removed it to the village Didarganj and then it was brought to Patna Museum on November 17, 1917.
The actual place of discovery was the north-east of Qadmi-Rasul Mosque, on the bank of River Ganges. The icon was buried head wise on the bank of the Ganges and washer man used its base as slab to beat clothes. One day a snake appeared and when people followed it to kill, it entered into a hole by the side of protuberant pedestal of the icon. When the people dug the hole, the bizarre Chauri bearer female statue saw the light of the day.
[PRABUUDHA BISWAS IS STANDING ON THE FIND-SPOT, WHERE DIDARGANJ YAKSHI WAS DISCOVERED, 100 YEARS AGO………QADMI-RASUL MOSQUE IS ON THE BACKGROUND]