Excavation Near Suka Sari Temple: Another Ancient Structure Unearthed
Bhubaneswar: Archaeologists have found the remains of yet another ancient temple near Suka-Sari temple complex in the city.
On Wednesday, the ancient structure was discovered by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) 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, said Senior ASI official Rahul Srivastav. The architectural style of the basement indicates that it had been constructed prior to Suka-Sari temple, he added.
Meanwhile, ASI has started excavation work in the adjacent area of the complex once again. Odisha Circle ASI Chief Arun Mallick said many temples are believed to be buried under soil from Sari temple to Bindusagar lake.
Earlier this year, the ASI had unearthed a few other ancient temple structures near Suka-Sari temple complex when some workers engaged in Ekamra Kshetra beautification work had stumbled upon an ancient stone structure in February.
The structure lies on the north-west corner of the ornate Sari temple. Two other structures, also believed to be the remains of small shrines, were partially exposed during the beautification drive..
Experts presume that Sari temple complex was built on the Panchayatana model where the main temple is surrounded by four subsidiary shrines, said Srivastav.