Dis­cov­er­ing an­cient ar­chi­tec­ture

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

An an­cient Bud­dhist tem­ple, pre­sum­ably a thou­sand years old, was dis­cov­ered at Natesh­war in Ton­gibari up­azila of Mun­shi­ganj. The tem­ple in­cludes a prayer room for Bud­dhist monks, an oc­tag­o­nal stupa and brick-built drains. Most parts of the tem­ple are al­ready in a state of ruin, ex­cept for a 2.40-me­tre tall struc­ture in the south-western part of the tem­ple.

Its base­ment, with a 1.75-me­tre wide wall was con­structed with over-burnt bricks, prob­a­bly to pro­tect the struc­ture from mois­ture. The brick work in the tem­ple was ar­tis­ti­cally de­signed. Ex­ca­va­tion work on the site was car­ried out by the Agrashar Bikram­pur Foun­da­tion that had started ex­ca­vat­ing the place in 2010 with fi­nan­cial aid from the govern­ment.

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