In the September of 2012, a local Bastar (in Chhattisgarh) journalist claimed to have discovered an ancient Ganesha statue located at the top of the Dhokal mountain. On 17 January, 2013, the Chhattisgarh Archaeology and Culture Department claimed to have done a survey of the idol.
In 1934, the place was discovered by the British geologist Crookshank while the Bailadila mining was being surveyed, and there was no mention of an idol. The area is now known for its Maoist ties, which keep tourists away. There have been traces of ancient colonies in the area but there has been no proper study of these.