17:16 GMT05 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): In the 19th century, with the river changing its course due to flooding, the village of Padmabati in the Nayagarh district of Odisha was flooded, resulting in the flooding of 22 temples in the area.

    An ancient temple which was submerged in the River Mahanadi 150 years ago has resurfaced at Padmabati village in the Nayagarh district of Odisha. The temple was discovered by an archaeological survey team from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

    ​The top of the temple, which was tallest in the area with a height of 60 feet, was visible until 11 years ago but it too subsequently submerged in the river. Villagers have been asked not to venture into the river to see the temple.

    Project Assistant Deepak Kumar Nayak of INTACH had made repeated attempts to locate the temple, which belongs to Lord Gopinath, a form of Lord Vishnu, and dates back to the late 15th or early 16th century.

    Anil Dhir, Project Coordinator, said the team has been documenting the monuments on the submerged banks of the River Mahanadi, starting from the sea.

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