Bhopal: The 14th Finance Commission has sanctioned Rs 175 crore for the conservation of monuments of archaeological importance in Madhya Pradesh.

"The 14th Finance Commission has sanctioned Rs 175 crore for the conservation of monuments of archaeological importance in Madhya Pradesh," Culture and Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma said on Thursday.

He was speaking after releasing a book, `The Grandeur of Granite Shiva-Yogini Temples of Vyas Bhadora' penned by senior bureaucrat Ashok Shah.

The Minister said efforts were on to conserve the ancient temples of Vyas Bhadora and praised Shah for his scholarly work. The most important feature of Vyas Bhadora temples is that they were made of granite stones.

Shah said Bhadora is situated in Chhattarpur district and the State Government had declared two temples out of a group of 13 as protected monuments in 1990.

After going through the architecture of Vyas Bhadora temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, it was found they were built prior to the world famous Khajuraho temples, he maintained.

By looking at Bhadora temples it appears a great amount of efforts must have been taken to construct them. Therefore, Chandelas (Kings) refrained from constructing other temples with granite stones, Shah said.

(Agencies)

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