Conservation, further exploration on anvil for ‘Great wall of Raisen’
The Madhya Pradesh directorate of archaeology, archives and museums has drawn up a plan to conserve and further explore the huge ancient wall and other related remains discovered last year in neighbouring Raisen district.
The department has also shared a detailed survey report on the wall with the MP Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC), which is expected to soon analyse the tourism potential of the site, officials have said.
HT had first reported the discovery of a huge stone wall, considered to have been constructed around 10th/11th century AD last year, after which the state directorate of archaeology had taken up a detailed survey on the wall and other archaeological remains found in the vicinity.
The wall and other remains were discovered by history enthusiasts associated with Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Raisen and with technical help of prominent archaeologist Narayan Vyas.
Vyas told HT that among the remains are those of many Parmar era (10th-12th century) temples dedicated to various Hindu deities and a massive man-made pond with red sandstone fitted banks.
Deputy director (archaeology) DK Mathur told HT that the initial survey has been completed and a plan has been drawn for conservation and further exploration of the remains.
“We have written to the Raisen collector to provide us with revenue records of the area and to issue no-objection for exploration. Also no-objection has been sought from the forest department as much of the area falls in their purview,” the officer said.
Mathur added that a copy of the survey report and conservation/exploration plan has also been shared with the MPTDC so that they could take up the site for tourism promotion.
Managing director of the corporation, Ashwani Lohani while speaking to HT said he had received the information on the site/remains.
“But I would like to take a tour to ascertain the tourism potential before committing anything,” he said.
Starting near Choukigarh fort in Badi, about 100km from Bhopal, the wall constructed of huge stone blocks by interlocking technique, runs up to village Gorakhpur near Narsinghpur border of Raisen district, roughly adjacent to the national highway 12 (Bhopal-Jabalpur road).
It is being surmised that the wall must be between 80 and 90 km long. The gigantic wall is about 15-20 feet high and almost equal in width, according to the survey.