India is an ancient country with a lot of historical monuments of antiquity. The most famous is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal, located in Agra. It is a complex, breathtaking in its beauty and grandeur, with beautiful gardens and a mausoleum, built in 1648. It attracts millions of visitors every year and is one of the wonders of the world. There are many secret places in India that are unknown not only to scientists, but even to those who live nearby. Recently, one of these incredibly beautiful temples with striking architecture began to literally rise from the sand.
Historians and archaeologists around the world are observing this extraordinary phenomenon. After all, this temple, which emerged from the sands, is almost three centuries old! It is located in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh on the Penna River. This temple once belonged to Lord Nageswara and was buried in the sand at the edge of the river. Then, almost eighty years ago, there was a massive flood and the temple was lost.
It was discovered purely by accident by local residents several years ago. These were the miners who decided that it was necessary to excavate the temple. The fact is that people knew about this religious shrine, especially the old residents. An impressive amount was needed for the search. Recently, we have just collected the necessary amount of donations for this project and started taking steps to implement it.
After the work carried out, now part of the temple can be easily seen on the banks of the river, but most of it remains buried on the hillside. Preparations are under way to rebuild it, and consultations are underway with religious leaders, government officials and archaeologists.
Those excavating at this stage, especially the younger workers, were eager to continue. The experts were extremely worried that without proper planning and careful excavation, the temple could be damaged by this excessive enthusiasm. Enthusiasts have unearthed part of the temple, but there are plans to rebuild it for puja. Puja is a religious ceremony performed by Hindus every morning.
This rediscovered Hindu temple was buried after a massive flood that swept the area in 1850. After that, the river changed its course. Gradually, the temple was completely covered with sand dunes. State archaeologist Ramasubba Reddy told the media that the government intends to develop and implement an official strategy for excavating and restoring the shrine. He said that people are already flocking here, some are just inspecting the newly found shrine, while others are worshiping.
Reddy, in an interview with Indian media, said that officials will soon visit the site to discuss and develop plans for how to carefully approach and excavate in such a way as to preserve as much of the temple as possible. They will also decide if new sections can be added to the existing structure in such a way that the flow of the river does not endanger the structure.
India has the largest percentage of Indian practitioners in the world - nearly eighty percent of its citizens identify as such. Islam is the second largest religious group in India.Of course, there are other religions, practically everything, from Christianity to Buddhism, but they are not so numerous. At the moment, it is not yet planned to start work due to quarantine. But as soon as the quarantine is weakened, the project will be implemented.
This discovery shows that sometimes, even in these difficult times, there are glimpses of good news and upbeat events. The opening of this temple is a perfect example of this. The people of India now have a tremendous opportunity to admire this centuries-old religious building, which they have heard of but have never seen before. Now it will become another part of Hindu life in the region. Small examples of such good news are found all over the world - you just need to be able to see.
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