The Jain idol was accidentally unearthed during excavation work near Banagiri hill in Semiliguda town of Koraput district in Odisha. The four feet high Jain relic was found when locals were digging a portion of Banagiri hill for construction of a temple.
District culture officer Akshya Sethi said
, "We sought permission from the Collector to visit the excavation site and verify the facts."
Subai is known as a historical site where Jainism flourished centuries back. Many Jain idols, temples and other artefacts dating back to the period have been excavated from the place.