Preserve, develop 7th Century-old Kapileswar Temple: Pradhan urges Union Culture Minister

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan today wrote to the Union Minister of Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy urging the latter to intervene and direct the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for the preservation and development of the 7th Century-old Kapileswar Temple here.

Kapileswar Temple is on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. It is believed to have been built in the 7th century CE by the Somavamsi dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is famous for its beautiful architecture, sculptures and paintings. It is also a popular pilgrimage site for devotees who flock to the temple during Shivaratri and other festivals. However, the temple is facing serious threats from urbanization, pollution and neglect. The temple complex is surrounded by encroachments, garbage dumps and sewage outlets. The temple structure is deteriorating due to a lack of maintenance and conservation. The temple art and heritage are fading away due to vandalism and weathering. The temple atmosphere is losing its sanctity and serenity due to noise and disturbance,” the Union Education Minister stated in his letter.

“I request you to kindly intervene in this matter and urge the Archaeological Survey of India (ASl) to adopt Kapileswar Temple under its protection and development scheme. ASI is the premier organization in India for the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage. ASI has the expertise, resources and authority to restore and enhance the glory of Kapileswar Temple. The ASI can also help in creating awareness and appreciation among the public for this ancient and sacred monument,” Pradhan added.

“In view of the above, l request you to consider my request and take necessary action at the earliest and ensure that Kapileswar Temple is notified as a protected structure by ASI. Kapileswar Temple is not only a religious site but also a national treasure that deserves our respect and care,” Pradhan concluded.

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