An ancient Temple-base that has exquisite carvings, has been unearthed by ASI in Odisha, while the Archaeologists are conducting an excavation near the Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneshwar. The structure is believed to be from the Somavamshi period

ASI’s official in Odisha Arun Malik said that the temple could be more ancient than the Lingaraj temple itself. “The ASI looks after 28 temples in the Ekamra Kshetra [Old Town area of Bhubaneswar that has several temples] and it is our responsibility to protect the ancient heritage,” He said the Odisha government undertook an adornment project in the area around the Lingaraj Temple in 2019. This was to fundamentally clear up the overcrowding and encroachment in the area. “But the demolitions were carried out in a manner that was not conducive for a heritage site,” Said Malik.

Dharmendra Pradhan, the union minister of petroleum, hailing from Odisha wrote to Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel to seek his intervention in the preservation of heritage. Pradhan also summoned a team of experts from Delhi to study the structure.

Viswanath Venkat Dasari