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Angul district devotee continue to worship Buddhist sculptures as Shiva Lingam

Angul:31/7/17: In a case of mistaken identity, residents of a river-side village in Odisha’s Angul district continue to worship Buddhist sculptures as Shiva Lingam and Shavite divinities.

The Praneswar Shiva temple in Jharhiamba village located on the Brahmani river bank in Talcher tehsil of the district presents the rare sight of Buddhist divinities finding pride of place in sanctum sanctorum of the place of worship.

The Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar excavation branch Dibishada Garnayak said chance discovery of pre-Christian era Buddhist structures have been found in the village.

This is the the second of its kind to have been found in odisha after the Shiva Lingam at Bhaskreswar temple at Bhubaneswar, he said.

Buddhist sculptures which bear striking resemblance with Shiva Lingam are being worshiped for years by local people who are of the belief that these are Shaivite structures.

In the Praneswar temple, Ahoka column is being worshipped as Lingam and Buddhist treasures are lying scattered along the temple. The remains of the column structures if conjoined would measure up to 3.47 metre. Fragments of bell capital are also lying scattered along with remains of Suchi, thaba moulded bricks and sculptures.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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