1,000 Year Old Vishnu Sculpture Restored | Bhopal News

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Bhopal: A centuries-old sandstone sculpture of reclining Lord Vishnu in Bandhavgarh National Park has been restored by the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage or INTACH. Popularly known as Shesh Shaiyya, the sculpture belongs to the Kalchuri period and has immense archaeological and heritage value.
The sandstone sculpture has been covered in moss and algae for years. This is the first conservation and restoration project undertaken by INTACH in Madhya Pradesh, Madan Mohan Upadhyay, the state head of the organization, told TOI.
After approval from the state government, the project started last year. Located in the Tala area of ​​the famous Tiger Reserve, the 1,000-year-old sculpture is 40 feet long. For about two months, this tourist area was closed to visitors.
Major General Lalit Gupta (Retired), President of INTACH, visited the park three months ago and it was decided that this unique sculpture would be preserved and restored by the trust. Upadhyay said that an expert team of conservators and professionals have been commissioned to carry out a thorough study of the stone from which this sculpture was carved.
The team also investigated the nature of the algae and fungi that had accumulated there for years. In addition, the minor floral vegetative growth around it has also been studied.
“Looking at the archaeological significance of the sculpture, great care was taken and the steam cleaning method was used to remove algae and moss. The moss covering it has now been completely cleaned,” said said Upadhyay.
Apart from the restoration of the Vishnu temple, an idol of Brahma and a Shivalinga located near the reclining Vishnu have also been restored.
During conservation operations, the team found an inscription dating from the Kalchuri period. Photos of it were sent to experts for decryption.
Basavraj S Annigeri, Field Manager of Bandhavgarh National Park, said: “After the restoration works, the tourist area of ​​Tala is once again open to tourists. The cleaning and conservation operation has enhanced the life of the sculpture.
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