• Short Summary

    IN THE MALAYAN STATE OF KEDAR, NEAR THE THAT BORDER, WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AN ANCIENT HINDU TEMPLE FOUND RECENTLY.

  • Description

    IN THE MALAYAN STATE OF KEDAR, NEAR THE THAT BORDER, WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AN ANCIENT HINDU TEMPLE FOUND RECENTLY. THE DATE OF THE TEMPLE IS FIXED BETWEEN EIGHTH AND NINTH CENTURY A.D.

    A GROUP OF UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA STUDENTS AND TWO PROFESSORS (DR WANG GUNG WU, AND MR ALASTAIR LANG) CHECKING RECENTLY ON THE REMAINS OF A TEMPLE IN MERBOK NEW VILLAGE IN CENTRAL KEDAN FOUND THE REMAINS SO INTERESTING THAT THE EXCAVATION OF THE TEMPLE HAS BECOME THE MOST EXTENSIVE ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK YET DONE IN MALAYA.

    RECONSTRUCTION OF THE HINDU TEMPLE IS NOW HALF WAY THROUGH, THE FOUNDATION - SUN: IN PLACES - HAS SEEN RECONSTRUCTED WITH ROCKS, PRESERVING THE ORIGINAL EXTERIOR AND SO MUCH AS POSSIBLE OF THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL.

    RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BASE, SIDES OF THE TEMPLE AND THE SANCTUARY UP TO EIGHT FEET HAS NOT PRESENTED MANY PROBLEMS TO THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS. IT IS ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BOOK THAT LITTLE RELIABLE DATA IS AVAILABLE. IT IS HOWEVER HOPED TO RESTORE THE TERRACES AND GIVE THE TEMPLE ITS ORIGINAL SETTING OF ENCLOSING WALLS AND STAIRWAYS.

    MATERIALS FOUND AT THE SITE INDICATE A STRONG SOUTH INDIAN INFLUENCE DATING BACK TO THE SECOND CENTURY A.D. THESE INCLUDE GOLD DISCS WITH SCRIPTS BEARING SIMILARITY TO THE TAHIL LANGUAGE OF SOUTH INDIA, A SILVER BULL, A COPPER LOTUS AND A GOLD-FOIL INDIAN GODDESS, A STONE BASE FOR AN INDIAN GOD, THE CIRCULAR STONE (SOMASUTRA) WHICH ONCE COLLECTED THE SACRED LIQUID USED TO ANOINT THE IDOL AND THE CONDUIT THAT CARRIED AWAY THE SACRED LIQUID OUTSIDE THE BASE OF THE TEMPLE.

    THE RECONSTRUCTION AND STUDY OF THIS TEMPLE MAY PROVIDE BADLY NEEDED DATA FOR THE RE-APPRAISAL OF THE HISTORY OF HINDU AND BUDDHIST MALAYA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6RLTPST2X0OGEVMC5PK9MZO8Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RLTPST2X0OGEVMC5PK9MZO8Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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