11th-cen­tury Siva Tirtha Sa­mad­his rise from ru­ins

■ Ac­tivist spots 16 sa­mad­his in Odisha cap­i­tal

The Asian Age - - Nation - AKSHAYA KU­MAR SAHOO

The emer­gence of 16 old Sa­mad­his of the Siva Tirtha Mutt in the Old Town is draw­ing a lot of in­ter­est from lo­cals, schol­ars and his­to­ri­ans.

The ex­is­tence of these Sa­mad­his was re­cently ex­plored by his­to­rian and her­itage ex­pert Anil Dhir, and re­ported to the au­thor­i­ties and the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia.

The Sa­mad­his, half buried un­der rub­ble and veg­e­ta­tion, had been long for­got­ten and had been en­croached upon from all sides.

The six build­ings in front of it were slated for de­mo­li­tion af­ter the no ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates (NOCs) had been ob­tained from the own­ers.

“Had the ex­is­tence of the Sa­mad­his not been re­ported, they would have been buried un­der the de­bris and re­moved with the rub­ble. The present

de­mo­li­tion was done in a con­trolled and care­ful man­ner, en­sur­ing that no dam­age was done to the Sa­mad­his. In fact the de­mo­li­tion stopped just two feet away from the struc­tures,” the his­to­rian told this news­pa­per on Fri­day.

Mr Dhir said that these groups of Sa­mad­his are of the ear­lier ma­hants of the Siva Tirtha Mutt which dates back to the late 11th cen­tury and its ori­gin is con­tem­po­rary with that of

the Lin­garaj Tem­ple.

“The mutt, which has lost a lot of its rel­e­vance, was once an im­por­tant cen­tre and had many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the day to day af­fairs of the tem­ple. Var­i­ous reli­gious func­tions were as­signed to it, in­clud­ing many rit­u­als dur­ing the an­nual Rukuna Rath Yatra of Lord Lin­garaj which Prime Minin­ster Naren­dra Modi had vis­ited in 2017,” he said.

The Sa­mad­his in Bhubaneswa­r ex­plored by his­to­rian Anil Dhir.

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