MP Raghunath takes stock of temple renovation

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MP Raghunath takes stock of temple renovation

Monday, 28 December 2020 | Ubachak Mohanty | BALESWAR

A team, including acclaimed sculptor and Rajya Sabha member Raghunath Mohapatra and District Planning Board Chairman and Bhograi MLA Ananta Das visited Bhograi’s prominent Bhusundeswar Shiva temple on Friday.

They took stock of the works  that are being carried out  for renovation of the dilapidated  temple on the bank of river Subarnarekha which was damaged during floods in 2013.

During the visit, MP Mohapatra decaled that he would contribute Rs 1.5 crore out of Local Area Development fund (LAD).  Mohapatra held discussions with a technical committee team including the head  retired  engineer Manas Pattnayak   and executive engineers of various departments( R&B),RD  and drainage, etc.   

The renovation while isbeing undertaken with an estimated cost of Rs 16 crore, 60 pillars are being constructed to make the foundation more strong.

Mohapatra besides suggesting  use of granite stones in the temple to prevent it from saline climatic effect from the Bay  of Bengal, also urged the engineers  to accelerate the works.

 Reports said revised  estimation would  be around Rs 25 crore when the temple is completed. 

 Former MLA Susanta Chand, educationist Panka Panda, local BDO  Satyajit Rout, Tehsildar  Kamalakanta Panda, Ramakanta Karan, Tapan Panda, Bhubananda Das , Nishikanta Sahu  and Suryakanta Sahu  were present. Located  in Bhogarai village, the Bhusandeswar Temple houses one of the tallest Shiva Lingams in the world. It is a 12 feet long and 14 feet wide lingam that is carved out of black granite.

But one thing which will surprise you is that only half of the Lingam is visible. It’s because the other half has been buried underground for years.

The 12 feet long Lingam has three significant parts.  The middle part of the black granite lingam is in an octagonal shape, which is about 12 feet in diameter. It slightly leans towards the right.

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