Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/ Kendrapara, Apr 26:
The top portion of an old Hindu temple, that lies buried, was discovered at Bhuinpura under the Bagada gram panchayat in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, during the digging work for the ongoing Haridaspur-Paradip rail line project, reports said.
However, the antiquity of the shrine is not be beyond 150 years, officials of the state archaeology department indicated.
Labourers engaged in the digging work near Bhuinpur alerted their supervisor after they shovelled into the pinnacle of the structure, local sources said.
The archaeologists of state archaeology department who inspected the site are yet to come to any conclusion about its antiquity. However, a source in the department said it does not appear to carry significant historical value because it is a comparatively recent monument and could have belonged to the 18th century at the most.
The sources also said the temple may have been buried under the soil as a result of a massive flood , a regular natural vagary in this part of the state.
Local historians suspect the temple was possibly built over a Buddhist monument of the medieval peiod. Kendrapara and Jajpur districts abound in ruins of Buddhist statues, shrines and structures and some Buddhist statues sculpted in stone have been transformed into Hindu deities and worshipped in these areas.
It is possible that the presiding deity in the yet to be excavated temple was one such Buddhist icon, sources in the archaeology department said.