200-years old ruins of Lord Nageswara (Shiva) temple showed up while sand-mining in a riverbank in Peramalla Paddu village in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, ANI reports.
According to locals in the area, the temple was well-known some 80-years ago and with time it got filled up with sand. After Penna river changed its course the temple was buried in the sand and the villagers shifted to another site gradually drowning the temple in the earth and out of sight.
Enthusiastic villagers reportedly decided to find the temple and collected money to start digging, first though off by a man named Galipala Sudarsan. After digging for 1 full-day villager were able to find the pinnacle of the temple.
By the looks of the on-site footage, the pinnacle has just shown up, and the massive complex is mostly buried in the sand. Locals say the temple was known some two-three generations ago and some believe it was among the 101 temples built by ‘Parasu Ram.’
“This 200-year-old Shiva Temple was quite popular among the villagers. The elders of our village told us that this shrine was filled up with sand 75 to 80 years ago,” a village local was quoted as saying.
Villagers are now planning to reconstruct the temple. However, there is a dilemma regarding where the temple must be built and the condition of the idol of Lord Shiva. “We will seek advice from the elders and priests,” Vara Prasad, a local told ANI. Efforts to fully unearth the temple-complex is underway.
Not the only one
This is not the only news recently making rounds on the internet. Another reportedly 500 years-old temples have shown up naturally in Orissa’s Mahanadi river. This temple was submerged in 1933 when the river changed its course due to the flood. The temple along with the whole village was submerged.
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) archaeologists said that they noticed the temple after its tip showed up on the river. “This temple has a very old history. It is around 450 to 500 years old. The idol from this temple has been taken to another temple. We are working on a project, documenting the Mahanadi valley, so we were looking for this temple. Around a week ago we were informed that the upper part of the temple is visible,” INTACH Chief Anil Kumar Dhir was quoted as saying.