Madan Kamdev in Kamrup, Deoparvat/Deopahar in Golaghat and Sankhadebi in Nagaon have been chosen for a facelift. These ancient temples of Assam have been in ruins for a quite a while. So the Directorate of Archaeology, Assam have decided to restore these temples to their former glory.
The restoration will include reconstruction of missing parts of the temples with available stones, which would be carved to the original shape and size, apart from reconstruction of the architectural stonework, earth work and excavation for foundation wherever necessary, providing stone slab roof according to the original design, including beam, ceiling and decorative mandap (altar), providing water tightening of the roof and protection of the plinth and apron, among others. For the restoration work, the Directorate has been preparing a detailed project report for which Rs 4 lakh have been earmarked.
Learn More About the Temples
Madan Kamdev, known as Khajuraho of Assam and situated near Baihata Chariali in Kamrup district, dates back to the 9th-10th century. The ruins spread across a hillock are believed to be the remains of more than 20 stone temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Deoparvat archaeological site, is located at Numaligarh in Golaghat district. It is believed to be from the 11th century. Ruins of the ancient temple are scattered on a hilltop.
Sankhadevi site of 9th-10th century in Nagaon district has a group of temples, located at Jugijan, alongside a tributary of the Kopili river. The site has three mounds containing remains of three stone temples. Of these, one has been salvaged and stone relics of a temple dedicated to Devi Durga have been unearthed. The site also has a stone stairway leading to the river, indicating that in the past communication was maintained through the river channel.
Source: Pankaj Sarma