Bhubaneswar: Concerned over the media report over removal of original stone carving in Konark Sun temple by Archeological Survey of India (ASI), Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to order and inquiry into the incident and direct ASI to take immediate steps for the preservation of the world heritage monument.
In letter to the Union Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma, Patnaik stated, quoting the newspaper report, that 40 per cent of original stone of the temple have been replaced with plain stone by the ASI. “The report is a matter of worry and concern for all of us. I have feeling that the temple deserves more attention from the ASI than it has got. The ASI needs to focus more on proper conservation of Konark sun temple and its art and aesthetic value,” Patnaik stated.
The temple was built in 13th century AD with 1200 sculptors. Now, the front part of the main temple-Jagamohan has remained, which is also on the verge of decay, the CM said.
The Sun Temple is one of the world heritage sites declared by UNESCO.
On the other hand, an outfit concerned with the upkeep of the Sun Temple,Konark Suraksha Samiti lodged an FIR with Konark police over the issue.