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Restore Temples;Pradhan

Union Minister Steel and Pteroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan has urged his counterpart and Minister for Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel to take steps for restoration and relocation of the 500 year old temple recently located inside the Mahandi river.

Keeping in mind the intangible historical, cultural and religious significance of the temple to the people of Odisha, it should be restored and relocated at a suitable place, Mr.Pradhan said in a letter to Mr.Patel.
“I seek your personal intervention in directing officials of the Archaeological Survey of India for undertaking restoration and relocation of the temple to a suitable site,” Mr.Pradhan said in a letter to Mr.Patel on Wednesday.
Mr.Pradhan mentioned that the 500 year old temple dedicated to Lord Gopinath, a form of Lord Vishnu, has re-emerged out of the Mahanadi river in Nayagarh district of Odisha.
“I understand that the non-profit organisation Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH) have examined the temple and deemed it to be of major historic significance and in a good state of preservation,” he mentioned in the letter.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, also said that the top of the submerged temple was discovered mid-river near Baideswar in Padmabati village near Nayagarh.

The 55 to 60 feet submerged temple dates back to the late 15th or early 16th century, considering its construction style and materials used for the construction, he said.
It is theorized that the temple was submerged in 1933 following floods in this region,” Mr.Pradhan said.
The temple was located recently during an exercise as part of the project, said Anil Dhir, INTACH,  Odisha


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