Bhubaneswar, Feb 11: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) issued a clarification regarding the “misleading” images of Sun Temple in Konark that purportedly showed replacement of sculptures with plain stones in social media.
The images with sculptures are from Natya Mandapa of the temple while the photos showing plain stones are from the plinth of Jagamohana (the main temple), the ASI said.
The tweet regarding replacement of sculptures with plain stones is false and misleading, the ASI further said.
The tweet regarding replacement of sculptures with plain stones is false and misleading. The two images shown in the tweet are from different locations. The image with sculptures is from Natya Mandapa while the plain stones images are from the plinth of Jagmohana (the main temple).
The ASI further added that the plain stone work shown in the image was done in mid 1980s. “ASI used plain stone only wherein there was no evidence left and as per ASI’s the then archaeological policy, only such portions were filled with plain stones. ASI would like to confirm that no sculpture has been replaced,” it said in a statement.
Odisha’s Culture Secretary Manoranjan Panigrahi said a high-level meeting was held in which it was mentioned that there is no threat to Konark Temple.
He also said crafted stones have been replaced by plain stones as per the National Convention Policy.
Worth mentioning, the photos came to fore after removal of iron scaffolding at the temple.