Bandhavgarh National Park

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Excavations

The findings of 2022

Swati Mathur, Sep 29, 2022: The Times of India

ASI found names of cities like Mathura and Kaushambi inscribed in Brahmi and monolithic sculptures of Lord Vishnu among other things
From: Swati Mathur, Sep 29, 2022: The Times of India

New Delhi : After a gap of nearly 85 years, the Archaeological Survey of India has restarted exploration and documentation work of ancient caves, remains of Buddhist structures, temples, and statues of Vishnu Dashavataras in the Bandhavgarh reserve forest area of Madhya Pradesh.


The last time ancient structures were explored in what is now notified as the reserve forest area of Bandhavgarh was in 1938, when the exercise was led by ASI archaeologist N P Chakravarti. 
Led by Shivakant Bajpayee, the superintending archaeologist of the Jabalpur Circle, ASI’s exploration project between May 20 and June 27 this year found, among other things, names of cities like Mathura and Kaushambi inscribed in Brahmi script, 26 new temples, 46 new sculptures and several monolithic sculptures of Lord Vishnu that have not been documented before, and which are believed to date back to the ninth and tenth century CE.


The exploration of nearly 176 sq km of core forest area that was not accessible to thepublic also led to the discovery of the remains of Buddhist structures predating the Hindu rulers of the region, pointing to a harmony of cultures, the ASI officials said.


Bajpayee said the first phase of the exploration exercise — which covered the entire expanse of the Tala Range of Bandhavgarh — also led the ASI team to find a votive stupa. In phases two and three of the exploration exercise, the ASI team will cover the remaining ranges of the Bandhavgarh forest, spanning the Khitauli and Magadhi ranges.

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