Has ASI replaced the sculptures of Konark Sun Temple with plain stones? Here’s the truth

A picture of Konark Sun Temple is being shared on social media with a claim that the sculptures have been replaced with plain stones to make it secular.

” Horrific unacceptable disgusting!!!!
40% of the artistic stone carvings have been replaced by the ASI with plain stones, causing irreplaceable loss to the uniqueness of the temple”.

Odisha govt. tried to intervene but in vain.

Hey @ASIGoI the famous sun temple has been secularised
The temple has been deliberately, systematically destroyed priceless stone carvings on the outer surface of the iconic #Konark Sun Temple, causing irreplaceable loss to one of India’s cultural & architectural wonders.
Kalapahad must be happy to see this, ” the caption read.

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FACT CHECKED

NewsMobile fact-checked this and found the claim to be fake.

We checked the official Social media accounts of the Archaeological Survey of India and found a tweet rubbishing this fake news.

The tweet regarding the replacement of sculptures with plain stones is false and misleading. The 2 images shown in the tweet are from different locations. The image with sculptures is from Natya Mandapa while the plain stones images are from the plinth of Jagmohana (the main temple). 

According to the tweet, two images are of different locations. The image with sculptures is from Natya Mandapa while the plain stones images are from the plinth of Jagmohana Temple.

In another tweet, ASI clarifies that the plain stonework shown in the image was done in mid1980s.

“The plain stonework shown in the image was done in mid1980s. ASI used plain stone only wherein there was no evidence left & as per ASI’s the then archaeological policy only such portions were filled with plain stones. ASI would like to confirm that no sculpture has been replaced, ” the tweet read.

The above information proves that the viral post above sculpture beginning replaces os false.

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