Srinagar: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha visited ‘Chinar Dharohar’, an 8th century heritage site which has been rejuvenated by the 15th Corps of the Indian Army.
Located in BadamiBagh Cantonment, the heritage site houses 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.
From April to July 2021, the Chinar Corps diligently restored the excavated sculptures and created a heritage park with technical assistance from the SPS Museum in Srinagar. He recreated scale replicas of seven other stone figurines excavated from the site in 1926.
“The Lieutenant Governor appreciated the exemplary conservation work carried out by the Chinese Corps through the evident research, restoration and rejuvenation of ancient monolithic 6th century Pandrethan cave statues at ‘Dharohar’, in all their ancient splendor” , said Colonel Emron Musavi, defense spokesman in Srinagar.
The Lieutenant Governor said he was pleased that the National Monuments Authority recognized this effort by awarding a citation for heritage conservation.
“This priceless heritage is an integral part of our living civilizational heritage, our cultural and historical traditions. Chinar Corps deserves praise for the first such initiative,” he said.