The discovery of a nearly 200 year old stone with Vishnu and Laxmi carved on it has spurred the locals from Iddar near Poinguinim in Canacona taluka to reconstruct the ruined temple in whose precincts the stone was found.
Locals revealed that the property originally belonged to a Bhat family that migrated to neighbouring Karwar nearly 50 years ago after selling most of the property except for the place where a temple stood.
According to 85-year old Damodar Prabhudessai, Bala Anant Bhat, the owner of the place had plans to construct a math on the lines of the Shri. Vyankatesha Math nearby. However, he died before he could realize his dream and following his death, his descendants moved away from the place.
The idol was probably houses in the temple that was existing in the property. Due to neglect the temple too crumbled and it was only on Wednesday when some locals along with labourers started cleaning the place that they chanced upon this antique.
The stone was lying buried in the debris of the temple and also wild bushes.
The two feet high stone has now spurred the locals to reconstruct the temple so that the idols of Vishnu and Laximi can be worshiped with due respect.