Ancient stone blocks damaged due to negligence of Archaeological dept.

Many examples of Hindus ancient religious places, temples, etc. in India are facing ruin due to neglect. The Archaeological Department which possesses no seriousness about historical premises and objects needs to be disbanded and a stringent action should be taken against the concerned.

Mr. Anil Dheer

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) – The four stone beams that were excavated from the excavated area of the Sibatirtha Mutt, just 50 metres away from the wall of the Lingaraj temple were kept near the Gadi of the Mutt. These 20 ft single piece square stone beams are at least 15 tons each. These are unique finds; blocks of this size are not even found at the Konark temple site.

According to Anil Dhir, these huge beams were used in the foundation of the Lingaraj temple. These must have been discarded because of faults. The ancient temple makers could detect honeycombs and hollows in these beams just by tapping them.

The stone blocks had become the center of attention for the locals, who had flocked to see them when they were unearthed four months ago. But for the intervention of Dhir, these blocks would have been broken and carted away for disposal along with the other rubble. Even last week, he had written to the authorities to remove these blocks either to the Odisha State Museum or the ASI office.

Unfortunately, two of these stone blocks have been damaged yesterday. One has been broken right at the center; a three feet section has been broken from the other beam. This was due to mishandling and incorrect methods adopted to lift them. The two remaining intact beams should be carefully lifted by cranes and removed from the site. Once again, the lackadaisical approach of both the ASI and the administration has come to light. It is surprising that the ASI, which is working on the Suka Sari complex just 50 metres away, did not take notice of this.