A survey workforce of the Indian Nationwide Belief for Artwork & Cultural Heritage has claimed to have found the ruins of a 6-Seventh century Shiva temple in Puri district making it one of many oldest temples in Odisha and one of many earliest within the post-Gupta period.
The 4 member workforce led by Anil Dhir, Deepak Kumar Nayak, Subhashish Sprint and Suman Swain of INTACH discovered the temple at Biropurusottampur village in Pipili tehsil of Puri district throughout the survey of Ratnachira Valley and its monuments. The temple domestically generally known as Swapneswar Mahadev is situated by the facet of Ghateswar temple within the village and is manufactured from sq. stone Khandolite stone blocks with no binding or cementing as is seen in most Odisha temples of eleventh and twelfth century onwards similar to Jagannath temple and Konark temple.
Dhir stated the stone blocks had been positioned one over different in symmetry to make the temple wall and roof.
“No proof of iron clamps has been seen. The neatly chiselled blocks denote an period when Kalingan conventional temple architectural model was in its infancy. The temple is devoid of any exterior gildings on each the internal and outer partitions; even the parsadevata niches are empty,” stated Dhir, a famous historian.
Nayak stated the temple is believed to have been constructed after the post- Gupta period. “The area was part of the South Toshali space of the traditional Kalinga kingdom and finds point out within the copper plate inscriptions of the post-Gupta interval. The Kanasa plates of Sri Lokavigraha and Olasingh plates of Bhanuvardhana, issued within the Sixth-Seventh century throw gentle on the worship of Maninagesvar (Shiva) and Naga Cult of the South Toshali area. Bearing in mind the fabric and elegance of this temple, it’s evident that it was constructed not less than 1300 to 1400 years in the past, and is among the many oldest intact temples within the area,” he stated.
Anil Dhir, who had earlier accomplished the detailed survey of the Prachi Valley and the traditional Jagannath Sadak stated related temples had been seen within the Mahendragiri hill ranges of southern Odisha.
Dhir stated the traditional monument is in a really precarious state and on the breaking point. Progress of thick vegetation on the highest and the perimeters has induced extreme harm. The thick roots have cut up the stone blocks and developed vast cracks and the rear wall is dangerously leaning backwards. The sanctum sanctorum will get flooded due to the leaks within the roof. All the temple could crumble down anytime if correct measures will not be taken instantly.
Superintendent of Bhubaneswar circle of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Arun Mallick stated the company would quickly research the temple for its actual historical past.