9th century Shiva Linga unearthed in Vietnam, EAM Jaishankar hails civilizational links

A monolithic sandstone Shiv Linga of 9th c CE has been unearthed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar informed on Wednesday.

“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,” said EAM in a tweet.

According to HT’s report, a four-member team from the ASI has restored temples in two separate groups at the complex and is now working on the third group of temples. and an official told the HT that six other Shiv Ling’s were also found in the Mỹ Sơn temple complex.

Earlier, Carvings on sandstone and a Shivling have been found during the land levelling work at Ram Janmabhoomi here, said Champat Rai, General Secretary of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust.

“Debris is being removed and land being levelled at Ram Janmabhoomi since past 10 days. We have discovered pillars in the debris of the structure and carvings on sandstone. Found a Shivling there and a similar one at Kuber Teela,” Champat Rai said.