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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Wednesday stumbled upon the basement of another ancient temple adjacent to the Suka-Sari temple complex in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

The newly discovered ancient structure lies on the North-East corner of Suka-Sari, a 10th century shrine which is considered older than the Lingaraj Temple.  

“The structure is believed to be the remains of a temple. As per the architectural style of the basement, it is assumed that the ancient temple had been constructed prior to Suka-Sari temple,” said senior ASI official Rahul Srivastav.

As per reports, after the recovery of the ancient structure, ASI has started the excavation work in the adjacent area of the complex once again.

“Many temples have been buried under soil from Sari temple to Bindusagar lake due to illegal encroachment and construction. Therefore, ASI has decided to start the excavation work in the area very soon,” said Odisha Circle ASI Chief Arun Mallick.

It is worth mentioning that few other ancient temple structures had also been unearthed near Suka-Sari temple complex area in the wake of the demolition work being undertaken by Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation Limited and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) as part of the Ekamra Kshetra project for beautification of Lingaraj temple and its periphery.

Experts presume that Sari temple complex was built on the Panchayatana model where the main temple is surrounded by four subsidiary shrines.

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