Ancient Soparaka
Author Chouhan, Madan Singh
Year 2017
Binding Hardback
Pages xi+117p, plates, 107 bib, ind, 23 cm.
ISBN10, ISBN13 9386463059, 9789386463050
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About the Book:
The present Nalasopara which in the ancient times was the core part of Soparaka is rich in the antiquarian remains in the form of stupa, votive stupa, inscription, relic casket, pottery, sculptures and other antiquities and remains of temples whereas its surroundings regions, also the integral part of Soparaka, are found with numbers of caves. These caves are tracered with chaityagrihas, cells, sculptures, water cistern and inscriptions assigning the date from 2nd. century BC to late historical period which indicates this region flourished from its art and architecture from earliest time to late historical period.
Apart from the detailed description of the Nalasopara, in this book, an attempt has been made to highlight the heritage value of this region with plans and photographs which will certainly serve and guide the serious scholars in the field of archaeology.

About the Author:
Madan Singh Chouhan (b. 1971) joined Archaeological Survey of India, Mini Circle Shimla in 1997 as Deputy Superintending Archaeologist and remained engaged in the monumental work of Himachal Pradesh. Thereafter, he took in-service training of excavation, exploration and conservation for nine months from the Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi. During his nineteen years service worked as Dy. Superintending Archaeologist, Superintending Archaeologist and Director from 1997 to 2016 he was engaged in various exploration, excavation and conservation works in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Bihar where numbers of monuments, in the forms of temples, mosque, churches, forts, hill forts, British structures, cemeteries and other monuments of various nature from prehistoric period to modern time, were studied, maintained and conserved.
He has contributed a numbers of research papers in national and international journals of repute. He is also author of the book entitled” Cultural Heritage of Beas Valley in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh). Presently, he is working as the Regional Director in the Archaeological Survey of India, Central Region, Bhopal and is being betrothed with the works of the monuments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.