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Archaeologists found 1000 years old temple in China

Liu Yuxi, famous Tang Dynasty poet, left a poem to commemorate the temple's renovation, describing its heavenly appearance. It further noted the temple's key role at that time.

India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [Published on:04 Jun 2017, 6:45 PM IST]
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Old temple found in China

1000 years old temple has been excavated by the archaeologists in China’s Chengdu city. This temple was deemed to have been lost. Xinhua news agency reported that the Fugan Temple was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420 A.D.) to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 A.D.). A famous Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) monk, Daoxuan, once performed a religious ritual praying for rains to end a persistent drought in the temple after which it rained, as if the prayers were heard in heaven.

Liu Yuxi, famous Tang Dynasty poet, left a poem to commemorate the temple's renovation, describing its heavenly appearance. It further noted the temple's key role at that time.

The building was said to have worn down during the later period of the Tang and Song dynasties, with all traces of the temple disappearing during wars. Archaeologists unearthed more than 1,000 tablets inscribed with Buddhist scriptures and over 500 pieces of stone sculpture as well as glazed tiles with inscriptions.

"We have only excavated a part of the temple's area but already have a glimpse of its past glory," said Yi Li, who led the excavation project.

He said they have found the temple's foundation, ruins of surrounding buildings, wells, roads and ditches. During the excavation, archaeologists found some 80 ancient tombs scattered near the temple, dating back to Shang and Zhou dynasties (1600-256 B.C.).