Lion sculpture, possibly of Ganga dynasty era, found during excavation for Puri heritage corridor

Prime News, National, Heritage, New Delhi, May 18:- A sculpture of a lion was found during excavation for the controversial heritage corridor project in Puri, which could date back to the Ganga dynasty, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) said on Tuesday (May 17).

The East Ganga Dynasty had ruled Kalinga, the ancient name of Odisha, from the early 5th century to the early 15th century.

The sculpture was found on the premises of the Emar Mutt near the 12th-century Jagannath Temple on Monday (May 16).

The ASI’s Bhubaneswar Circle Superintending Archeologist Arun Kumar Mallick, along with a team of experts, rushed to Puri for inspection of the recovered lion sculpture which was partly damaged.

“The ancient lion sculpture could be of the Ganga dynasty era. However, more on it can be said only after it is tested in the archaeological laboratory,” Mallick said.

This is the third such lion sculpture found during excavation works in the 75-metre periphery area of the Jagannath Temple for the Puri Heritage Corridor Project. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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