SIVASAGAR: As part of an effort to get the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag for the historical Shiva Dol built in 1734 by Bar Raja Ambika, queen of Ahom Swargadeo Shiva Singha, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has undertaken a task to remove all the structures which had been built in and around the Shiva Dol.
All the structures, such as Linga, Nandi, etc were removed. During the works, an ancient royal well has been discovered inside the Dol on Sunday. It is presumed that in the earlier days, the priests took the water from the well to the Garbha Griha to worship Lord Shiva.
Basanta Gogoi, president of Shiva Dol Development and Management Committee, said that the historical Shiva Dol will get back its historic look soon. Restoration works are going on in full swing under the supervision of ASI so that the Dol is included in the list of World Heritage Sites.
Gogoi said that the Shiva Dol has lost its ancient look due to some people's attemt to modernize the historical Dol. Tiles and marbles were fitted in the year 1995 by the Birla Group.
Gogoi questioned the purpose behind distorting history by covering the well. He thanked the ASI, the Central Government and the State Government for the initiative and hoped that the 300-year-old historical Shiva Dol would get back its previous look soon.