According to the archaeology team from Jahangirnagar University, the temple remains indicate that it was a navaratha temple built in Kalinga-style of the 11th and 12th century eastern India and is the only such temple in Bangladesh.
The team led by JU Assistant Professor Dr Shadhin Sen took three months to excavate the site.
Bangladeshi media reports that South Asian iconography expert Professor Claudine Bautze Picron has said that the depiction of Vishnu in feminine Mohini form is the rarest avatar to be observed in eastern India.
An idol of Vishnu avatar Mohini unearthed from the site. Dhaka Tribune
In its existing form, the temple foundation runs almost 8 metres deep and a 2 metre high structure stands above land level. An assembly hall having four pillars and the square sanctum sanctorum has been discovered.
“The sanctum was a superstructure featuring a curvilinear tower,” says Professor Seema Haque of the team. “This too is a very rare feature among the ancient brick temples that have been found anywhere in both parts of Bengal.”
Bengal was till the 12th century a centre of Buddhist and Hindu religions. The temple’s location and dating indicates that it was constructed at the time when the Sena Dynasty ruled over the region. In early 13th century, Bakhtiyar Khilji invaded Bengal and began the Islamic conquest of the region.