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.