Two ancient Jain temples near the Koraput district of Odisha are getting destroyed. Due to lack of attention and care by the district administration, these temples, built in the 5th and 6th Century AD respectively might disappear any time.
According to reports, the 5th Century Jain temple is situated at Phupugaon, a jungle hamlet under Kundura block, is in a dilapidated condition and might crumble any moment. The other 6th Century monument, located at Gorahandi forest, also shares its own predicament and lies in tatters.
Both the temples house some rare idols of Tirthankaras. The inner walls of the singular rock structures, atypicality of Gupta period architecture, are covered by motifs depicting the life and journey of the Jain Tirthankars. However, locals take the idols for Hindu God Narayan and have been worshiping since ages.