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LG visits 8th century heritage site ‘Chinar Dharohar’ 

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Srinagar: Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday visited the ‘Chinar Dharohar’, an 8th century heritage site rejuvenated in Badami Bagh Cantonment by the Kashmir-based 15 Corps of Indian Army, said PRO (Defence) Srinagar.

“This heritage conservation project hosts several excavated figurines in the form of two large monolithic rock Shivalingas, seven Gandhara style sculptures and a huge rock carving of the feet of a monolithic statue,” the PRO said.

“From April to July 2021, the Chinar Corps diligently restored excavated sculptures, created a heritage park themed to display them and with technical assistance from SPS Museum, Srinagar recreated scaled replicas of seven more stone figurines excavated from the site in 1926,” he said.

“The event was presided over by the Lt Governor who appreciated the exemplary conservation work done by the Chinar Corps through the evident research, restoration and rejuvenation of ancient Pandrethan monolithic 6th Century rock statues at ‘Dharohar’, in all their ancient splendour. The Lt Governor said that he was happy that the National Monuments Authority has recognised this effort of the Chinar Corps through the first ever award of a Citation to any agency undertaking heritage conservation across the Nation, and that, it was the Indian Army setting precedents for ASI and other agencies to emulate,” he added.

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