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11th century Sanskrit Alphabet discovered in Neelkhantheswar Mahadev Temple

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    31st Oct, 2023

Context:

Recently, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has discovered a sanskrit varnamala or

alphabet in devnagri on stone slab made at temple wall of Neelkhantheswar Mahadev Temple in Madhya Pradesh.

Neelkhantheswar Mahadev Temple:

  • It was built by the Paramara king Udayaditya. He was the son of the great king Bhoja (1010-1050 AD).
  • In central India, it is difficult to see precisely dated temples. But the Udayeshwar temple is one of the few, which has a precise date.
  • Two inscriptions engraved on the temple record the construction of temple during Paramara king Udayaditya between 1059 to 1080.

Paramara Dynasty:

  • The Paramara Dynastywas an Indian dynasty that ruled Malwa and surrounding areas in west-central India between 9th and 14th centuries.
  • They belonged to the Parmara clan of the Rajputs.
  • The dynasty was established in either the 9th or 10th century, and its early rulers most probably ruled as vassals of the Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta
  • The dynasty reached its zenith under Bhoja, whose kingdom extended from Chittorin the north to Konkan in the south, and from the Sabarmati River in the west to Vidisha in the east.

About INTACH:

  • The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was founded in 1984 in New Delhi with the vision to spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India.
  • It works on conservation and preservation of not just our natural and built heritage but intangible heritage as well.
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