Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Faith turned into shock for many in Madhya Pradesh when it was found out that the small, palm-sized pebble-shaped stones they were worshipping were actually fossilised dinosaur eggs.

As per reports, the Mandaloi family has been worshipping these palm-sized stones for generations at Padlya village in Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh. Forty-one-year-old Vesta Mandaloi was following his forefathers’ footsteps and worshipping these stones as ‘Kakar Bhairav’ or lord of the land. 

Mandaloi and his family believed that the pebbles were a ‘Kuldevta’ or a totem that would protect their farmland and cattle from problems and misfortunes. Many others in the district and in adjoining areas too had similar totems discovered during an excavation in Dhar and neighbouring districts and they worshipped those for protection.

However, a team of researchers recently visited the area. Following a deep study of those objects, they revealed that these stones are actually something else. Experts from Lucknow’s Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences determined that these totems were actually dinosaur eggs from a bygone era. 

After analysis, they came to the conclusion that these were fossilised eggs of the Titanosaurs species of dinosaurs.

In a discovery earlier this year, Paleontologists reported a rare finding of closely located dinosaur nests and 256 eggs of the herbivorous Titanosaurs in the Narmada valley in Madhya Pradesh.
 

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