Srinagar: Manoj Sinha, the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, paid a visit to the 'Chinar Darohar' on Friday, after the Indian army's Chinar Corps revitalised the 8th-century heritage monument at Badami Bagh Cantonment.
"This cultural conservation project hosts multiple excavated figurines dating back to the 2nd century, in the shape of two enormous monolithic rock Shivalingas, seven Gandhara style sculptures, and a gigantic rock carving of a monolithic statue's feet," said the Srinagar Defence PRO in an official statement.
"From April to July 2021, the Indian Army's 15 Corps in Kashmir diligently restored excavated sculptures, created a themed heritage park to display them, and recreated scaled replicas of seven more stone figurines excavated from the site in 1926 with technical assistance from the SPS Museum in Srinagar," according to the statement.
The Lt Governor presided over the occasion, praising the Chinar Corps' outstanding conservation work, which included the obvious research, repair, and regeneration of historic Pandrethan monolithic 6th Century rock statues at 'Dharohar,' in all its ancient grandeur.
The Lt Governor expressed his delight that the National Monuments Authority has recognised the Chinar Corps' efforts by awarding the first-ever commendation to any entity involved in heritage protection across the country.