Deo-Parvat or Deopahar in Golaghat, Madan-Kamdev in Kamrup and Sankhadebi in Nagaon – which presently are in dire state will get a new life as the Assam directorate of archaeology has planned to restore them in their original splendour.
As per the plan these temples will be renovated as tourist hotspots in the state.
The restoration will include the following:
- Reconstructing all missing parts of the temples with currently available stones,
- The stones carved into the original shape and size,
- Excavate earth work around the vicinity beside architectural stonework,
- Implement stone slab roof as per the original design, that include beam, ceiling and decorate the mandap (altar), and
- Offer water tightening of the roof plus provide protection of the plinth and apron etc.
Rs. 4 lakh is already been given for preparing the DPR of each site.
Madan Kamdev, is synonymous as “Khajuraho of Assam”.
Situated near Baihata Chariali of Kamrup district, the temple dates back to the 9th-10th century. The temple ruins are spread across a hillock and are believed to be the relics of more than 20 stone temples which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The principal shrine of Madan Kamdev is a rectangular mandap.
Its architectural style is rich in ornamentation and has a panel of amorous sculptures, which embraces both human and animal life.
The Sankhadevi site dates back to 9th-10th century. It falls in Nagaon district and comprises a group of temples that is located at Jugijan, in conjunction with a tributary of the Kopili river.
The site has three mounds and contains remains of three stone temples.
Of these 3 stone temples, one is re-claimed and the stone relics of a temple which dedicated to Devi Durga is unearthed.
Interestingly this site has a stone stairway that leads to the Kopili river, stating that in the past communication was done through the river channel.
Deoparvat or Deo Pahar
Deoparvat archaeological site is located at Numaligarh of Golaghat district. It is believed to be constructed in 11th century. The ruins of this ancient temple are scattered on a hilltop.
This site encompasses ruins of a stone temple that’s erected upon a monolithic floor. The temple consists of a ceiling slab which is engraved with a large lotus.