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Temples resurface after three decades

temple in Nashik Source: wikicommons

The entire riverbed contains Shiva lingas, idols of Lord Indra, and various deities which are difficult to recognise.

The Godavari river passing through the ghats of Chandori village in Nashik (Maharashtra, India) has dried up.

Because of this drought in some regions several small temples, mostly shrines devoted to Lord Shiva, have resurfaced after over three decades.

Times of India reports that the last time the villagers had seen some of these temples was way back in 1982.

Then too the villages in Nashik had witnessed a similar drought like situation.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has no record of these ancient temples but some mention of these shrines can be found in the Nashik Gazetteer of the British-Raj era.

The Nashik Gazetteer states that ghat and the temples were submerged after the Nandur Madhyameshwar dam was built in 1907.

Sandeep Tarle, sarpanch of Chandori, told the Times of India - "I saw these temples for the first time in my life."

The villagers’ claim that these temples were built in the 13th century.

Some believe that these shrines used to be part of the ghats constructed by Sardar Hingne and Vinchurkar during the reign of the Peshwas.

A senior citizen from the same village, Pralhad Bharle, recalled - "We had to clean up the temples from inside to get a view of the idols. The centuries-old structures and the idols were surprisingly in a good condition. This year, too, when the villagers washed and cleaned up the temples, they found the idols intact. The river had dried up only once before 1982 — in 1936," reports the Times of India.

The entire riverbed contains Shiva lingas, idols of Lord Indra, and various deities which are difficult to recognise.

The locals are keen on collecting these idols and place them in a museum.

 

 

Source The Times of India