The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a Shiv Ling, dating back to the 9th century, at Cham temple complex, which is part of the My Son sanctuary, in Vietnam. The Shiv Ling was discovered during a restoration work of the temple complex by ASI.
Announcing the news on twitter, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said the development underscored the “civilisational connect” between the two countries and was also a “great cultural example of India’s development partnership”.
“Reaffirming a civilisational connect. Monolithic sandstone Shiv Linga of 9th c CE is latest find in ongoing conservation project. Applaud @ASIGoI team for their work at Cham Temple Complex, My Son, #Vietnam. Warmly recall my visit there in 2011,” Dr S Jayashankar tweeted.
Cham temple complex is part of the UNESCO world heritage site of My Son in Quang Nam province of Vietnam. The temple was built in the 9th century CE during the reign of King Indravarman II, a ruler of the Khmer Empire.
“Our global religious cultural & civilizational connect rediscovered by @ASIGoI. Monolithic sandstone Shiv Linga of 9th c CE is latest find in ongoing conservation project at #ChamTemple Complex, #My_Son in #Vietnam,” tweeted Shri Vinod Bansal, the national spokesperson of VHP.
A four-member team from ASI is currently working on the restoration and conservation of the temple at My Son.