Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Seeks Detailed Study, Excavation Of Ekamra Kshetra In Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday requested MoS (Independent) of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel to send an expert team to the Odisha capital for carrying out a detailed study and thorough scientific excavation of Ekamra Kshetra.
In a letter, Pradhan sought urgent intervention for the preservation of rich cultural and architectural heritage of the country by protecting centuries-old temples in Bhubaneswar.
Notably, the Bhubaneswar circle of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) recently discovered invaluable remains of a 10th or 11th century Somavanshi period temple floor at the north-west corner of Sari temple. The ASI team was carrying out scientific cleaning of the two-acre land adjacent to the Suka-Sari temple complex in heritage Ekamra Kshetra in Bhubaneswar.
Pradhan also stated that there is an urgent need to take action to salvage and preserve what remains of the priceless ancient Odishan architecture.
Many ancient structures of an ancient temple were unearthed during excavation work carried out by an ASI Bhubaneswar Circle team at Sukasari Temple on January 27.