500-year old Temple submerged in Mahanadi found

The Archaeological Survey team has recently claimed that a 500 year old temple that submerged in the waters of Mahanadi resurfaced.


The Mahanadi river that changed its course 150 years due to flooding had submerged the Padmabati village where the temple is located.

There are more than 22 villages in the region that are submerged in the waters of Mahanadi. However, Gopinath Deba Temple was visible as it is the tallest of all.

The temple is called “Mastaka”.


The Mastaka was visible 11 years back when the water levels were very low. The Mastaka was found while the Archaeological team of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was documenting the monuments along the course of river Mahanadi.

The Mastaka is the upper part of the temple. Only the Mastaka of the temple was visible.

Mahanadi river

The river flows through the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The famous Hirakud dam is located across the river. The Hirakud dam is the largest earthen dam in the world.

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