Directorate of Archaeology ( Uttar Pradesh ) INDIA Directorate of Archaeology ( Uttar Pradesh ) INDIA Directorate of Archaeology ( Uttar Pradesh ) INDIA
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Exploration & Excavation
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Mansarovar route,district Pithoragarh
Project Director
Hemraj assisted by S.K. Dubey, Regional Archaeological Unit, Almora
This project was undertaken to assess the antiquity of the ancient Mansarovar pilgrimage route passing through district Pithoragarh. Numerous archaeological sites comprising stone temples, broken architectural pieces and stone sculptures came to light during the course of explorations. A stone image of Visnu dated to Gupta period, installed in a small stone temple at Nakulesvara Mahadeva located near district headquarters of Pithoragarh, is the earliest known archaeological remain of this area, which indicates that perhaps it marks the lower limit of this route. On stylistic considerations other remains have been placed between 8th-10th century AD. On this basis it may be surmised that this route was in greater use during this period.
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