A Shiv Linga was found by Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) at Cham temple complex in Vietnam which is dated back to 9th century.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar announced the find on Twitter on Wednesday, saying the event underscored the “civilisational connect” between the 2 countries and was also a “great cultural example of India’s development partnership”.
“Reaffirming a civilisational connect. Monolithic sandstone Shiv Linga of 9th century is latest find in ongoing conservation project. Applaud @ASIGoI team for his or her work on Cham Temple Complex, My Son, #Vietnam. Warmly recall my visit there in 2011.
“During the present restoration work on the temples, the ASI team found the Shiv Linga. It is a monolithic structure with decorative patterns of very exquisite cultural value,”
“Before this, six other Shiv Lingas were found within the My Son temple complex. But the newest find is believed to be the foremost magnificent,” the official added.
French people discovered the temple complex in a tumbledown condition in 1903-1904. During excavations at that point , French archaeologists had confirmed the presence of a Shiv Linga within the group of temples that’s currently being renovated.
But because of, limited excavation technology in those days, this Shiv Linga could not be recovered. Subsequently, political disturbances and wars in Vietnam led to destruction of the temple complex.