Temple Survey Project (NR), Bhopal
About the Organization
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), was established in 1861. It is the nodal agency of the Govt. of India for all archaeological researches in the country and protection of monuments of national importance. The maintenance of ancient monuments sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. It also regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and as well as Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
The entire country is divided into 24 Circles for the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance. The organization has a large work force of trained archaeologists, conservators, epigraphists, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological research projects through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches, Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey Projects and Underwater Archaeology Wing.
Temple Survey Project (N.R.), Bhopal
The Temple Survey Project Northern Region, Bhopal was established in 1955. Shri Krishna Deva was the first Superintending Archaeologist of this Project.
The Department wanted to explore, document, analyze and preserve unknown or known Temples of the country which were valued for their religious, social or cultural importance. The Temple Survey Project has the mandate to survey, recognize, document & analyze Temples through out the country by systematic studies and analysis. Consequently, two centers of Temple Survey had been founded. One is at Bhopal for the northern region and the another one is at Chennai to cover southern India.
Since its inception, the Temple Survey Project (N.R.), Bhopal has been intensely involved in study of temples in the country and released various informative notes, books and many vital research papers. Scholars like Krishna Deva, B. L. Nagarch, R.D. Trivedi, Debala Mitra, M.D. Khare made extensive efforts for the documentation & analysis of the temples to enrich the knowledge of various important temples of northern India by their detailed study. Till today students of temple architecture are being benefitted by the works carried out by the scholars of TSP (NR).