Bhubaneswar, Jun 10 : An archaeological survey team of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has located an ancient submerged temple in the Mahanadi upstream from Cuttack.
Project Coordinator of Mahanadi river valley Project Anil Dhir said the top of the submerged temple was discovered in the mid-river near Baideswar in the Padmavati area near Cuttack. The 60 feet submerged temple dates back to late 15th or early 16th century, considering the construction style of the Mastaka and the materials used for the construction. The top portion of the shrine used to be visible in summer. The temple was dedicated to Gopinath Dev.
The region used to be regarded as "Satapatana" in early days, however, with the river changing its course due to catastrophic flooding, its flow changed and the entire village was eroded by the river in the mid 19th Century.
The deities of the vulnerable temple were removed and installed in a safer and higher place, which is presently the Gopinath Dev temple of Padmavati village. INTACH Odisha had launched its project on the Documentation of the Heritage of the Mahanadi Valley early last year. A systematic survey of all the tangible and intangible heritage of the entire length of the Mahanadi, from the source to the sea, covering a distance of nearly 1700 km is in its final stage of completion. A multi-volume report of the nearly 800 monuments that have been documented will be released early next year, Mr Dhir said. A comprehensive survey of the heritage, on either side of the river bank, has been undertaken in the nine districts through which the Mahanadi flows. Mr Dhir is of the opinion that the submerged temple can be relocated from the river bed and restored to its original structure. (UNI)