The conservationists have taken strong exception to the administration’s move to demolish the the iconic Buddha Ganesh temple as part of ongoing drive to beautify the surroundings of 11th Lingaraj temple in the city.
The temple dates back to 11th century. It has been listed as a protected monument. It is one of the smallest Ganesh temples of the Old City.
It is disconcerting to note that the temple which has been conserved over the years for its historical significance will now be bulldozed. The Archeological Survey of India should put brakes on such activity. The entire modernization exercise being undertaken should be stopped and proper heritage evaluation be made. The ASI is a silent spectator to the wanton destruction of valuable heritage. While much has already been lost, the government has plans to raze down many more heritage structures, said Anil Dhir of INTACH, Odisha chapter.
Presently inside the premises of the B.M.High School, the small temple is seven feet in height and is a five tiered Pidha Deula of the Kalingan order. The B.M. High School is among the oldest schools of Bhubaneswar which was established in 1940. The small temple is inside the School complex since the last eighty years. The three feet black chlorite idol of Lord Ganesh is being worshipped by the students of the school for years. There is a miniature Navagraha panel which is intact along with a small kirtimukha near the entrance. An ancient idol of Hanuman too sits outside the temple. The rays of rising sun fall straight inside the garbha griha of the temple. Thus such a heritage structure needs to preserved for posterity, he felt.