Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, June 24:
Two ancient rock edicts have been discovered from the Padmaseni temple in Padmapur in the submerged area of Hirakud dam in Odisha.
The rock edicts were discovered by Deepak Kumar Panda and Surya Panigrahi, senior office bearers of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) during documentation work in the area.
Briefing newsmen about the discovery of the rock edicts at the Sujata Hotel here on Monday, Panda said the Padmaseni temple dates back to the reign of Somvamshi kings.
“The temple was presumably built before the eighth century. The temple is on the verge of losing its identity after being submerged by the Hirakud dam. However, the rock edicts are intact,” said Panda. Photographs of the rock edicts have been sent to several historians and researchers, he added.
These rock edicts will bring to light many hitherto unknown facts of the period, Panda said.
INTACH’s Sambalpur chapter convener Prof. Tarini Panda and joint convener Sasank Purohit were present during the press briefing.
Many temples were submerged in the Hirakud dam and many of them are in ruins.
INTACH is making efforts to take photographs of the surviving temples as well as compile documents on them.