An ancient Hindu idol was found in a quaint little village situated in Russia’s Volga region. The idol was found during an excavation process and it has raised numerous questions on the origin of ancient Russia.
The Hindu idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to around 8th to 10th century AD. Interestingly, Staraya Maina village in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region was a famous and well populated city 1700 years ago – a city far greater and much older than Kiev. In fact, in common tongue, the village of Staraya Maina is referred to as the mother of all Russian cities.
According to the Reader of Ulyanovsk State University’s Archaeological Department Dr. Alexander Kozhevin:
"We may consider it incredible, but we have ground to assert that Middle-Volga region was the original land of Ancient Rus. This is a hypothesis, but a hypothesis, which requires thorough research."
Dr. Kozhevin has been conducting excavation in the country’s Staraya Maina village since the past seven years. According to his research and study on the region, every single square meter of the surroundings of the village that is banked off Samara, a tributary of Volga, is studded with antiques.
Not just the ancient Vishnu idol, Dr. Kozhevin has also found ancient coins, rings, fragments of weapons and pendants as well.
He further believes that today’s town of Staraya Maina, which has a population of over eight thousand, was a far hugely populated city back in its hey days. With time, people from this area relocated their base to the Dneiper and Don Rivers when the city of Kiev was built, now the capital of modern Ukraine.
An international conference is slated to be held later this year to study the legacy of this ancient village of high anthropological value, which may radically change the history of modern Russia.