Stunning archaeological treasure unearthed in MP’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve: see pics
Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed stunning ancient remains in Bandhavgarh Forest Reserve. ASI exploration recorded 26 temples, 26 caves, 2 monasteries, 2 votive stupas, 24 inscriptions, 46 sculptures, other scattered remains and 19 water structures in the tiger paradise of Madhya Pradesh. These finds come from different historical time zones and cover the reigns of Kings Shri Bhimsena, Maharaja Pothasiri, Maharaja Bhattadeva. ASI deciphered the inscriptions found there and found out the names of the various places mentioned here are Kaushami, Mathura, Pavata (Parvata), Vejabharada and Sapatanaairikaa. An ASI team covered nearly 170 sq km falling within the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve area during a months-long exploration of the area which was undertaken for the first time since 1938.
26 ancient temples/relics unraveled by ASI are from the Kalachuri period which spans from the 9th century CE to the 11th century CE. The 26 caves date from the 2nd century CE to the 5th century CE and are mostly Buddhist in nature. The caves which date back to the time between the 2nd century BC and the 5th century BC, and belong to the Mahayana sect of Buddhism.
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ASI also found 2 monasteries, 2 stupas, 24 Brahmi inscriptions which are from 2nd century CE to 5th century CE. ASI also found 46 sculptures, 20 scattered remains, and 19 water structures dating from the 2nd to 15th CE. Among the 46 sculptures found by ASI, there is a giant sculpture of Varah which is one of the largest found by the agency.
The exploration was carried out by the Jabalpur circle of ASI under the guidance of its chief archaeologist Shivakant Bajpai. Being a tiger reserve, unlimited tourist access to archaeological sites is unlikely to be allowed. Bandhavgarh Forest Reserve is best known for Sal evergreen forest and mixed forest. About 515 species of plants are found here and is also home to 242 species of birds and many species of reptiles and insects. The main mammal in Bandhavgarh is the tiger. Leopard, Wild Dog, Wild Cat, Hyena, Wolf, Chital, Sambar, Black Buck, Rojda, etc. are easily visible there.