Archaeological Survey of India Current Affairs - 2019
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Supreme Court recently pronounced its judgement on disputed land in Ayodhya in the Ram Janma Boomi-Babri Masjid case. In 5-0 verdict of the 5-bench judgement, SC said that the land should be handed over to the Hindu trust to build a Hindu temple. It also ordered the GoI to allocate 5 acres of land to the Muslim community to build a Mosque
SC’s judgement was based on ASI’s finding. The case was the longest in the history of Supreme Court after Keshvanand Bharti case.
- Under Allahabad High Court’s court, the disputed site was taken by the ASI for investigation
- On the whole there were 2 excavations conducted at the disputed site. One in 1976 and the other in 2003.
- ASI found a circular temple that belonged to 7th century
- ASI said that the disputed Mosque structure was built in 16th century on top of the ruins of the building
- ASI also found ruins of Buddhist and Jain temples at the site. They were dated after 7th century
- Among the ruins ASI found the remains of Kushan and Shung period to Gupta period
The Upcoming Ram Temple
- The current blueprint of the temple finalized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad resembles the original temple
- A total of 212 pillars are to be erected.
- The temple will be 128 feet high, 140 feet in width and 270 feet in length.
- No steel is to be used in the mammoth structure.
- 75 lakh cubic feet of sandstone will be used.
- The temple will have 5 entrances.
Tags: Archaeological Survey of India • ASI • Ayodhya • Babri Masjid • Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case
The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) recently discovered that the present-day state of Andhra Pradesh had a maritime center near the banks of Swarnamukhi river around 2,000 years ago.
- The excavations were performed at the state’s Gottiprolu that began in December, 2018.
- The ASI unearthed brick-built structures in varied shapes. The sizes of the bricks were common in the Satavahana/Ikshvaku period of the Krishna valley.
- Also, the team unearthed four armed sculptures of Lord Vishnu. The sculpture belongs to Pallava period according to the analysis of headgear and drapery.
- Also, a series of broken terracotta pipes were found. This suggests that the period had a good system of drainage.
- So far, the ASI has excavated about 10% of the site in the first round. The second round is set to begin in November or December, 2019.
- The river is located in southern India
- The Kalyani Dam is constructed across the river at Tirupati city. The shrines Tirupati and Kalahasti are located in the banks of the river.