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Mumbai: Shiv lingam found inside Aarey could be from 11th or 12th century CE, says ASI

Updated on: 19 January,2023 09:34 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Ranjeet Jadhav | ranjeet.jadhav@mid-day.com

The era was of the Yadava dynasty, according to an archaeologist

Mumbai: Shiv lingam found inside Aarey could be from 11th or 12th century CE, says ASI

Archaeologist Dr Manish Rai (in red shirt) and Juber Ansari (crouching) at the site, on Wednesday

Is there an archaeological site less than 1.5 km from the Metro-3 car depot site at Aarey Milk Colony? This question haunts social worker Juber Ansari who claims to have discovered an ancient Shiva lingam on the border of the colony and SEEPZ.


On Wednesday, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials, including Dr Manish Rai, assistant superintending archaeologist, western region, visited Aarey Milk Colony to take stock of the situation.



The slab that may have been part of a pillarThe slab that may have been part of a pillar


Ansari told mid-day, “Many weeks ago, I discovered the remains of an ancient Shiva lingam near Unit 20 on the boundary of Aarey Milk Colony and SEEPZ. I also discovered a slab-like structure and as it was an important discovery, I informed the colony CEO’s office and Aarey police station. I even called up and also wrote a letter in this regard to the ASI.”

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The social worker added, “According to Dr Rai, the remains might be from the 11th or 12th century CE, the times of the Yadava dynasty.”

The slab is thought to be the remains of a pillar.

Ansari resides in the colony at Prajapur, near the Marol police camp in Goregaon East.

In his letter to the authorities, Ansari claimed that he had discovered many statues of deities in the area over the years.

He has also demanded that the authorities investigate the matter and determine the exact period or era the statues are from.

Who were the Yadavas?

The Yadavas or the Seunas, a medieval dynasty, existed from roughly the mid-ninth to the early 14th centuries. At its greatest extent, the territory ruled by the dynasty included present-day Maharashtra, North Karnataka and parts of Madhya Pradesh.

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