Alternation in Chanti stupas after renovation: Dainik Bhaskar

Since centuries Yamauna Nagar has a ancient Chaneti stupa which was build by king Asoka. During renovation the architecture and design has been altered by the authority. A change can be observed in the design of the dome and parikarma path . According to historians it the lone existing Murayan period stupa in the north India. Haryana State Archaeology Department has also stated that it is Yuan chang the Chinese traveller has mentioned about this ancient Chanti stupa.

Since 2300 years there have been series of changes made in the design of the stupa .During Kushan period four rathikya were build at four cardinal points. Rathiyas were not used during the king Asoka times. There were traces of pits found around the stupas , which justify that these empty pits were wooden stupa vedicas which were placed in order to give safety to the stupas and the wooden vedicas were generally used during this time. Renowned archaeologist Davender Handa was first to discovered this ancient stupa. He told that initially it was a huge mound and later on with excavations it was revealed to be a ancient Buddhist stupa. For long this stupa remain in neglected condition and in 2005 renovation and preservation work has been started. Haryana State Archaeology department handed over this stupa to Archaeological survey of India for future work. During preservation and renovation work many loop holes in working of A.S.I has been come out like three different sizes of bricks and without keeping in consideration of the original size.

Such a rare historical place has been not been given few extra land to make an park around it where people could sit. The authority were in such a hurry that have planted the fencing very much close to stupa making it a tight and congested place for the visitors .

Every ancient monument have certain rare distinguish feature like architecture , design , construction material which make it importnace in present time. In similar guide lines Chaneti stupa possessed certain unique key feature like rathikayas, vedicas pits, bricks, parikarma path which fuses it with Asoka and Kushan periods. Davendra Handa also considered it great due it following features. Guarav kapoor secretary of The Buddhist Forum told that use of different size of bricks can create various doubts in future. In a similar fashion the change in design of rathikyas and vedicas will effect in links with Asoka and kushan period .
According to the local people the preservation and renovation work was started in 2005. Since the start there were many flaws in the working of the official Archaeological Survey of India like for many artefacts recovered were also not kept in order . On many occasion officials kept on covering up there acts. Generally for renovation works on a ancient monument same time construction material is being used but in this case cement and sand were used in place of spotted red sandstone.

During Kushan period 30*30*7 cm size of bricks were used for this stupa but during renovation by officials modern day bricks were used and that also of three different layers and sizes. Construction material were used were also not used as per standards. Vedic pits are now been covered with newly build parikarma path and further to enhance the beauty of the stupa a whitewash has been done over it and now it seems to be a multi-colourful stupa .

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