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Updated on: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 11:59 PM IST

Ujjain: Remains of 2,100 years old temple wall found in Mahakal temple

100 years old blocks and sculptures surface
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Ujjain: Treasure trove of ancient remains have been found during the excavation work in Mahakal temple.

Archaeologists have been talking about the ancient remains in the area near the temple in the past, but for more than a year the expansion works in the Mahakal temple is keeping the historians excited. In fact, two days ago, as soon as the culture department got the information about the statue and the architectural section found in the Agar part of the Mahakal temple, they immediately sent a four member team of Archaeological Department, Bhopal to Ujjain Mahakal temple for observation. The team, which reached Ujjain on Wednesday, closely inspected the north and south parts of the temple. Archaeological officer Dr. Ramesh Yadav, who is leading the team, told Free Press that a temple dating back to eleventh or twelfth century is buried below, in the northern part, while a wall has been found in the south and four meters below, which can be about 2,100 years old. The team will prepare the report and submit it to the Ministry of Culture.

There was a break in the fast paced works of Vistarikar in the Mahakal temple when in 2020 also about 1,000 years old relics were found in the Mahakal temple. The remains were revealed during the excavation work for the Vishram Bhawan being built in the Agar part of the temple, after which the work was stopped, after which the team of Archeology and Archeology came to the Mahakal temple and saw the remains.

But after the remains were found on Monday evening, on the orders of the Ministry of Culture, four members of Bhopal Sanchalaya Archaeology, Archives and Museum, Dr. Ramesh Yadav (Archaeological Officer), Dr. Dhuvendra Singh Jodha (Research Assistant), Yogesh Pal (Supervisor) and Dr. Rajesh Kumar Archaeologist. The team inspected the temple closely.

Dr. Yadav told that the 12 century temple seems to be buried, in the northern part of the temple, while 1100 years old remains were found buried in it, the pillar section, the part of the summit, the part of the chariot, including other architectural sections. What is interesting is that the remains of a wall have been found at a depth of four meters from the surface on the south side, which is of Vikramaditya period and seems to be about 2100 years old.

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Dr Ramesh Yadav claimed that the ongoing excavation work in Mahakal now needs to be done under the supervision of experts, rich treasure of of archaeological relics can also be found here. We will present the complete report to the ministry. This site needs more attention and work can be launched in coming days. Here retired Dr. Narayan Vyas, the superintendent of the Archaeological Survey of India, who is now living in Bhopal, also believed that the entire Mahakal forest should be excavated. A Word Heritage Monument can also be found in Mahakal temple, he added.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 11:59 PM IST
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