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Plinths of 2 stone temples excavated at Madan Kamdev
AJIT PATOWARY
 GUWAHATI, Oct 19 Plinths of two more stone temples have been excavated at the Madan Kamdev Archaeological site by the State Archaeology Directorate.

The excavation, conducted by the Directorate since the past about two months, has exposed the gabhagriha, mandapa and mukha mandapa of the temples beneath two mounds. The relics have been dated back to the 10th-11th century AD, said Director-in-Charge of Archaeology Deepirekha Kouli, while talking to this correspondent. The excavation has also led to exposure of a gajasimha and other relics connected with the temples.

The innumerable relics scattered at the site suggest existence of at least two temples there. Interestingly, Kouli said, a trace of a brick floor has been found between the two mounds.

However, it needs mention here that the excavation has been carried out about 400 metres north of the main Madan Kamdev Temple, which was excavated earlier by the Directorate decades back.

In the newly excavated site, a number of relics, like stone pillars, lintels, door jambs, amalaka, pillars, etc., were found scattered, she said.

The Madan Kamdev site is one of the major archaeological sites of the State. It is located at a distance of about 30 km north-east of the city and about 3 km east of Baihata Chariali in Kamrup district.

The Madan Kamdev Temple is compared with the Khajuraho group of temples because of its panels of erotic art. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here an image of Uma-Maheswara is found seated in lalitasana at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in the alingana posture.

The temple is a group of about two dozens of brick and stone temples. About a dozen of the bases of these temples have already been excavated and conserved at this site. The existence of about 24 temple bases has been recorded at the site, Kouli added.

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