Ancient footprints on a rock and a nearby engraving of a mysterious flying object are causing a stir in a small Indian village.
According to the Epoch Times, Geologist Nitish Priyadarshi is studying the large footprints in Piska Nagri village, on the outskirts of Ranchi City in Jharkahnd State.
The footprints, which are 30cm long and 12cm wide, look like they were worn by someone in wooden sandals.
Local folklore claims the prints signify the presence of gods landing on site. God-kings of Indian mythology Lord Rama and Lord Lakshmana are believed to have spent time in the area in search of Rama's wife, Sita, says the Epoch Times report.
Mr Priyadarshi said the imprints appeared to have been carved on granite.
"It may have been made by the local people manually at that time in memory of the visitors," he said. "The footprints and the flying object are on the same piece of rock on each other's side. Maybe they were engraved to show that the two king gods arrived at the place on a flying object.
"Seeing the weathering stage of the foot prints it can be said that the age of the foot prints may be thousands year old."
"We live in a highly advanced, technical world, but there are nevertheless a great many mysteries all around us. Ancient places and mysterious beings, sunken worlds and cultures, landscapes imbued with symbolism, unexplained apparitions, and unbelievable finds from ancient times-all of these remain mysteries for humankind, despite intense investigations."