Archaeological relics dating back to more than 1,000 years have been found in a village on the outskirts of Bhopal, throwing open possibilities of finding an entire temple belonging to the 11th century Parmar era.
The relics were discovered at Semri Kala village off the Kolar Road by a team of Bhopalwalk — a Twitter-based initiative to explore heritage of Bhopal— recently during one of their weekly heritage walks.
Narayan Vyas, a veteran archaeologist, who is part of the team, told HT that the remains that were seen in and around a mound in the village, looked like that of a typical Parmar era temple and further exploration and excavation could lead to interesting details.
State commissioner of archaeology, archives and museums Ajatshatru, who goes by one name, said the department would undertake a preliminary survey of the area to find out the possibilities.
Vyas said that since the area was under Parmar rule in the 11th century, discovery of typical structures, including temples is not surprising. However, each new archaeological discovery leads to addition to the knowledge about the particular period.
At the village, beautifully carved parts of pillars, apex part of the temple and other remains were visible on the mound. Residents helped the team find the mound, he said.
Recently, two more Parmar era temple remains were found around Bhopal by the state directorate of archaeology, archives and museums. In Arwaria village on the Berasia road, interesting sculptures were discovered along with temple remains last month.
A few days later, exquisite remains of an 11th century temple were found at Bhojnagar village off the Kolar road, about 15km from the city.
Anil Gulati, the initiator of Bhopalwalk said it was exciting to find something important.
“People have already started damaging the mound by digging holes, hoping to find some secret treasure. Official intervention is necessary to stop further damage,” he said