1100-Year-Old Shiva Linga Found in Vietnam Temple; A Sign of ‘Civilizational Connect’


The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), during their restoration work at Cham Temple Complex, My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam, discovered monolithic sandstone Shiva Lingam (one that represents the Hindu Lord Shiva). It is an 1100-year-old structure with exquisite detailing and patterns that exhibits cultural values.

The Cham Temple complex is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site and was built in 9th century AD during the rule of King Indravarman II along with the Dong Duong Buddhist monastery in the same region. In 1903-04, this temple was discovered by some French archeological experts, but in a deteriorating condition. During their restoration procedures of the temple, they said that they had found a single Shiva Linga in one of the many temple complexes. As their excavation capabilities were not so advanced and were limited, this Shiva Linga remained undiscovered.

 However, India, being in a deep cultural relationship with Vietnam, had extended their helping hands in the restoration of these historic monuments. The External Affairs Ministry said that they “created a Development Partnership Division in January to coordinate and undertake culture and heritage conservation projects abroad, including identification, planning, and implementation of schemes in consultation with technical agencies”. And thus, this discovery of the Shiva Linga, which is believed to be the most magnificent one, amongst all the other Shiva Lingas found, proved as a sign that connects India and Vietnam, from the time of civilization till now.

The External affairs minister, S Jaishankar, on Wednesday announced the discovery on Twitter and also praised ASI for their work calling it “A great cultural example of India’s development partnership” and reassures a “civilizational connect” between the devotees of Lord Shiva across the world.