THANJAVUR: Two ancient idols were unearthed from the premises of the Sivaloga Nathar temple near Tiruvarur on Saturday.
According to sources, the renovation work of the ancient Sivaloganathar temple in Tiruvathiraimangalam was in progress on Saturday, and a pit was being dug as part of the excavation process inside the temple.
While digging, the diggers hit upon two ancient idols which were eventually were unearthed. One of them was a idol of Natarajar of two-and-half-feet in height (Shiva in a dancing posture), while the other is a statue of another deity.
As they were covered with soil, the material with which the idols were made could not be ascertained. A portion of the decorative part (‘Thiruvaachi’) was found broken. On receiving information, Nagarajan, tahsildar of Tiruvarur, visited the temple premises and recovered the idols.
Later, he deposited the same at the Tiruvarur Ellayammankoil.
Only after inspection by experts it could be known whether the idols were made of bronze or brass, officials said.