Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has written to Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister for Tourism & Culture, urging the latter for restoration and relocation of an ancient submerged temple, which has re-emerged out of Mahanadi river in Odisha’s Nayagarh district.
“It is learnt that the top of the submerged temple was discovered mid-river near Baideswar in the Padmavati 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. It is theorized that the temple was submerged in 1933 following floods in the region,” Pradhan said in the letter.
He sought personal intervention of Patel in directing officials of the Archaeological Survey of India for undertaking restoration and relocation of this temple to a suitable site.
An archaeological survey team of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) had located the ancient submerged temple.