a lot of people have forwarded me this email. i have two comments.
1. let's not jump on this with insufficient information. malayalam proverb: "don't grab a rope as soon as you hear a bull has given birth". how is this identified as a vishnu image? who is this russian expert kozhevin, what is his credibility? this seems to be part of a campaign by the russian to assert that staraya maina is older than kiev. also, assuming a vishnu image *was* found there, what does it mean?
2. on the other hand, remember than ass archbishop nikon spewing venom on hindus? using this discovery, hindus should now claim aboriginal rights as an original religion of russia and challenge the courts which had allowed the demolition of a hare krishna temple and the refusal to give compensatory land. it would turn out (nikon, chew on this) that christism is a later introduction to russia than hinduism! putting on my knpanikkar-history hat on for a minute, i assert here's what happened: hindus went to russia and converted seven of the royal families there in 52 CE. all those people with names ending in 'ov' and 'ova' are hindus because 'ov' is a corruption of 'om', and 'ova' is the female version of that :-)
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From: Moksha < moksha>
Date: Jan 5, 2007 12:48 AM
Subject: Ancient Vishnu statue found in Russian town
To: Rajeev Srinivasan <rajeev >
Ancient Vishnu idol found in Russian town
An ancient Vishnu idol has been found during excavation in an old village in Russia's Volga region, raising questions about the prevalent view on the origin of ancient Russia.
The idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to VII-X century AD. Staraya Maina village in Ulyanovsk region was a highly populated city 1700 years ago, much older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all Russian cities.
"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," Reader of Ulyanovsk State University's archaeology department Alexander Kozhevin told state-run television Vesti .
Kozhevin, who has been conducting excavation in Staraya Maina for last seven years, said that every single square metre of the surroundings of the ancient town situated on the banks of Samara, a tributary of Volga, is studded with antiques.
Prior to unearthing of the Vishnu idol, Dr Kozhevin has already found ancient coins, pendants, rings and fragments of weapons.
He believes that today's Staraya Maina, a town of eight thousand, was ten times more populated in the ancient times. It is from here that people started moving to the Don and Dneiper rivers around the time ancient Russy built the city of Kiev, now the capital of Ukraine.
An international conference is being organised later this year to study the legacy of the ancient village, which can radically change the history of ancient Russia.