500-year-old temple submerged in Odisha's Mahanadi river resurfaces

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Jun 12, 2020, 05:14 PM(IST)

The last time the ‘mastaka’ was seen was about eleven years ago. Photograph:( Twitter )

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The 60 feet submerged temple dates back to the late 15th or early 16th century, because of the construction style of the Mastaka and material used for the construction.

An old temple, submerged in river Mahanadi, has reappeared after 11 years in Nayagarh district.

The archaeological survey team of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) has claimed that they have discovered an ancient submerged temple in the Mahanadi upstream from Cuttack. 

The native peoples of that area said that there are more than 22 temples submerged in that area. 

The 60 feet submerged temple dates back to the late 15th or early 16th century, because of the construction style of the Mastaka and material used for the construction.

“The 60-ft temple which belongs to Lord Gopinath, a form of Lord Vishnu dates back to late 15th or early 16th century,” Archaeologists Deepak Kumar Nayak said.

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. 

The area where the temple has been discovered used to be considered as ‘Satapatana’. Padmavati village was part of Satapatana which is an amalgam of seven villages. The temple was dedicated to Lord Gopinath Dev.

The last time the ‘mastaka’ was seen was about eleven years ago.

(With inputs from agencies)

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