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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:42 AM IST

Bhopal: 1000-year old Siddheshwar temple to add to Omkareshwar’s glory

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The visitors coming to the holy town of Omkareshwar to pay their obeisance to Lord Shiva, will soon have an opportunity to witness the enchanting glory of Siddheshwar temple, which has been excavated atop a hill here. The state archeologists have excavated a whole big campus of around thousand year old Siddheshwar temple, at the hillocks of Omkar.

With the completion of excavation and conservation work atop Omkar hill, the state archeology department will soon initiate the restoration of the temple. This Parmar period temple was built somewhere around 11 AD and is located near water tank at the hills, buried inside mounds on the hillocks near the main Omkareshwar temple.

The Siddheshwar temple is dedicated to Shiva and has over 20 deities figurines and sculptors engraved on walls and columns. During the initial excavation work, the archeology department had stumbled upon a pillar having Nagari inscriptions. The name “Siddheshwar” was engraved on the pillar in Nagri script. The department had initiated the excavations last July and completed the work this month. As the temple excavation and conservation has come to an end, the archeology department will not take up the restoration work of the temple and its surroundings.

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Published on: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 08:23 AM IST
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