India is a country with a rich heritage. As such, it has some impressive buildings which reflect its ever evolving culture. Over the years, India has become a country where religion has been a defining factor and has contributed to some incredible architecture.
Some of the world’s most prominent religions originated in India, including Buddhism and Hinduism. If you take a look at some of India’s ancient architecture you will be met with beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas, forts built as means of protecting Hinduism, and buildings influenced by the Middle East, Afghanistan and Persia after the Muslim invasion in the 11th century.
Later when the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British invaded India, they too left footprints on the country.
As a result, India’s architecture is a melting pot of different cultural influences.
“Combining the myths with scientific and historical evidence, the identified palaeo-channel may be correlated to the lost river Chandrabhaga,” they say.Almost all myths regarding Konark, including illustrations and photographs, indicate the presence of the Chandrabhaga river in the proximity of the temple, they say.Called “Chandrabhaga”, this ancient river is believed to have existed at a distance of about two km from the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, a Unesco World Heritage Site in the eastern state of Odisha.Bengaluru: After an expert panel recently confirmed the existence of the mythical Saraswati river in India’s northwest, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KgP) now claim they have found evidence of another “lost” Indian river.The existence of a palaeo-channel was further corroborated through profiling the surface using “ground penetrating radar” that showed the existence of a V-shaped subsurface river valley, the scientists report.
Scientists have found evidence of the mythical Chandrabhaga river near the UNESCO world heritage site of Konark Sun Temple in Odisha. A team of geologists and social scientists from IIT Kharagpur recently undertook a scientific study to investigate whether the ancient river existed close to the 13th century temple built by King Narasimhadeva. The scientists used various satellite images and then validated it with other field data to identify and trace the channel of the river which is believed to have gone extinct.
“An aerial examination of the area through satellite imagery depicts the trail of a lost river which is otherwise difficult to identify in the field,” said geophysics professor William Kumar Mohanty.
The existence of a palaeochannel at some locations is further corroborated through shallow surface geophysics using ground penetrating radar.
ANUBHUTI KRISHNA visits the famed temple in Konark and finds that everything there, including the art, has a logic behind it
Sixty-five kilometres from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, and thirty-five kilometres from Jagannath Puri, with even the last hamlet a few miles away, the Sun Temple in Konark gives ‘in the middle of nowhere’ an all-new meaning. Built in the 13th Century by King Narasimhadeva of the Ganga dynasty, by the now-vanished Chandrabhaga River, this UNESCO World Heritage site is often compared with Khajuraho for its form and feature, especially erotica.
Having been to Khajuraho recently, I had a similar picture of Konark in mind.