As per a survey team of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage, they have claimed that they have discovered the ruins of a 6-7th century Shiva temple in Puri district making it one of the oldest temples in Odisha and one of the earliest in the post-Gupta era.
According to the reports, the four member team was led by Anil Dhir, Deepak Kumar Nayak, Subhashish Dash and Suman Swain of INTACH who have found the temple at Biropurusottampur village in Pipili tehsil of Puri district during the survey of Ratnachira Valley and its monuments.
The report further added that the temple is locally known as Swapneswar Mahadev and is located by the side of Ghateswar temple in the village and is made of square stone Khandolite stone blocks with no binding or cementing as is seen in most Odisha temples of 11th and 12th century onwards such as Jagannath temple and Konark temple.
No evidence of iron clamps has been seen and the neatly chiselled blocks denote an era when Kalingan traditional temple architectural style was in its infancy. The temple is devoid of any external embellishments on both the inner and outer walls; even the parsadevata niches are empty.
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