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Minister releases book on Khajuraho ‘Grandeur of Granite’

BHOPAL: Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma on Friday released a book “The Grandeur of Granite: Shiv-Yogini Temples of Vyas Bhadora”, written by senior IAS officer Ashok Shah, at Swaraj Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said efforts would be made to project temple complexes of Vyas Bhadora and Ashapuri on the world tourism map. He informed that temples of Vyas Bhadora and Ashapuri are being renovated. Besides these temples, DPRs are also being prepared for other monuments’ development. Lauding the work of Ashok Shah, Sharma said the department would keep seeking his cooperation. The most striking feature of Vyas Bhadora temples is that they have been constructed with granite.

The 13th Finance Commission has sanctioned Rs 175 crore for preservation of Madhya Pradesh’s archaeological monuments. The funds will be utilised for preservation and augmentation of state’s archaeological monuments, the minister said. 

Writer of the book Ashok Shah informed that village Vyas Bhadora is situated in Chandla sub-tehsil of Chhatarpur district. Two out of 13 temple complexes over there were declared as state-protected monuments by the State Government in the year 1990. It is evident from architecture that temples of Vyas Bhadora were built before Khajuraho temples.