Remains of 1300 years old ancient temples found near Bhopal

October 16th, 2010 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI  

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By Ram Chand Sahu

Bhopal, Oct.16 (ANI): Scientists of the Archaeological
Department have found out the remains of 1300 year old ancient temples at
Ashapuri village near Bhopal.

Ashapuri village is located around 36 kilometers off Bhopal.

The debris of the temple seems to be massive in which the
Bhoothnath temple was the biggest.

The archaeologists have named this excavation project as
‘Bhootnath Temple’ series.

“We have found ruins of temples dating back to 1300 years,
even before the Parmar Dynasty. Before the Parmar dynasty there were Pratihar
dynasty rulers in this area. After them the Parmar dynasty came. Pratihar
dynasty rulers constructed temples with steeple shaped structure. These temples
were large and beautiful,” said Ashok Das, Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh
Archaeological Survey of India.

“The 21 temples you can see here were made during the
Pratihar rule. The largest temple whose cleanliness is yet to be done might
have been made by the Parmar dynasty,” he added.

The excavators have found over 400 remains of idols of Hindu
gods and goddesses made during the regime of the Pratihar and the Parmar
dynasty rulers.

The State government has taken the responsibility to
preserve these relics of Indian history.

“It is the responsibility of the Archaeology Department to
find things of historical importance and preserve them. That is why the State
government is doing this work,” said Laxmikant Sharma, Minister of Culture of
Madhya Pradesh.

According to the archaeologists, the temples were built by
the Parmar and Pratihar dynasties and certain locals contended that the Mughal
rulers razed down these temples. (ANI)

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