ASI to begin conservation work at Jageshwar temple complex
Amidst the lofty deodar (cedar) trees in Almora district’s Jageshwar village stand at least 125 picturesque stone structures of varying sizes, forming the Jageshwar group of temples – a Hindu pilgrimage site built between the 9th and 13th century AD.
|Jageshwar is home to a complex of over 150 shrines set gem-like in a narrow riverine valley |
enclosed by towering deodars [Credit: The Hindu]
An ASI archaeological museum, which already has idols that were removed from the shrine, has been set up near the temple complex. Under the scheme, a garbage disposal system, streamlining of waste water, Wifi, cafeteria, and accessibility for the differently-abled will also be set up.
|Jageshwar temple complex [Credit: Varun Shiv Kapur/WikiCommons]|
The ASI will first chemically treat the structures. First, the lichens and moss on the structures will be removed and then they will be coated with a preservative to insulate them from different weather conditions, especially moisture.
“Once insulated, the structures will be preserved for six to seven years after which the process of chemical treatment will be repeated,” Mamta Pangtey, the Assistant Superintending Archaeological Chemist, said.
Source: The Hindu [September 26, 2016]