The sculpture was discovered during a survey by the officials of the state Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department from Sankoo, a village on Kargil-Suru valley road.
“This is a 7th-century monument,” said Khurshid Ahmad Qadri, director of J-K’s Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department. “It’s 7-metre tall and has been completely cut out from a rock. There is another Buddha statue in the area but that is a smaller one.”
The discovery was made during a routine survey at Sankoo, 42 km from Kargil town. “Our team was conducting a survey when they discovered it. We questioned the locals about the possibility of more such statues in the area but their answer was in the negative,” said Qadri.