20 Dec 2023

People of Padalya village in MP’s Dhar shocked to learn circular stones they had been worshipping in fact were…

The residents of Padalya village in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district were astounded to learn that the circular stones they had been venerating as family deities for years were, in fact, dinosaur eggs. The people of Padalya and the surrounding areas had intricately crafted deity-like figures on these 'sacred' stones, believing them to be ancestral totems. 

However, during a recent visit by scientists to the area, it was determined that these structures were not revered totems but rather fossilized dinosaur eggs.

Dinosaur Fossils Park is located in Padalya region

The Dinosaur Fossils Fossil Park, located in Padalya of the Dhar district, had initially revealed dinosaur egg fossils around 17 years ago. Over the years, successive generations of villagers regarded the circular egg structures emerging from their fields as miraculous and worshipped them in the name of various gods and goddesses. 

Were revered as ancestral totems and enshrined in temple 

These round structures were not only revered as ancestral totems or sacred objects but were also enshrined in the temple of Bhilad Baba in Padalya and worshipped in Patelpura with devotion, adorned with flower garlands, coconuts, and tilak.

The worship of these structures took on different names in various places, with unique traditions such as sacrificing animals for Bhillad Baba and designating him as the protector of cows in Patelpura. Similar rituals were observed in villages like Jhaba, Akhara, Jamanyapura, Ghoda, Takari, and others.

Experts from Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences visited the site

Recently, experts from the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences in Lucknow, along with officials from the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, visited the site. Upon analyzing the circular stone-like shapes, archaeologists made a surprising discovery—these were not revered totems but fossilized eggs of the Titanosaurus dinosaur species. 

The experts then undertook the task of educating the villagers about the reality of their findings, and subsequently, the fossilized eggs were removed from both sites. 

The region, once inhabited by dinosaurs some 6.5 crore years ago, has been a part of the Narmada Valley. 

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