New Delhi, June 18: Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday urged his cabinet colleague Prahlad Singh Patel, Culture Minister seeking his personal intervention for restoration and relocation of Gopinath Temple submerged in Mahanadi river.
A 500-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Gopinath, a form of Lord Vishnu, has re-emerged out of the Mahanadi river in Nayagarh district of Odisha. It is learnt that the top of the submerged temple was discovered mid-river near Baideswar in the Padmavati village near Nayagarh.
The 55 to 60 feet submerged temple dates back to the late 15th or early 16th century, considering its construction style and materials used for the construction. It is theorized that the temple was submerged in 1933 following floods in the region, Pradhan mentioned in his letter.
Keeping in mind the intangible historical, cultural and religious significance of this temple to the people of Odisha, Pradhan has sought intervention of the Union Culture Minister to direct officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for undertaking restoration and relocation of this temple to a suitable site.