An ancient four-foot long cannon was found near the East door of the Nashik Trimbakeshwar Temple on Wednesday night by the labourers digging mud by the door.
As part of the Kumbh works, mud and debris are being dug out near the East door for concretising it.
Around 9 pm on Wednesday, labourers digging out the mud came across the cannon. Contractor Ankush Bodke informed the temple trustees of the discovery, who rushed to the spot immediately.
“There is a ‘samadhi’ (tomb) near the East door of the temple where the work is going on. We are digging the area to even out the surface and will then concretise it. After digging three-feet deep into the surface near the East door on Wednesday, we found a four-foot canon. We called the trustees and showed them the canon,” said Bodke.
One of the trustees said the cannon was in the possession of the Trust and that they would decide later as to what was to be done with it.
The canon, said to be of the Peshwa era, was one of the four canons installed in the temple in honour of the deity.
“These cannons have been there since our childhood. There were 3-4 cannons that were kept behind various corners of the temple. They are not canons for military warfare. Earlier, such small cannons were installed in the temples and prayer material or colours would be fired in honour of the deity. These were probably kept by the Peshwas, who used them for honouring the Gods in the temples. Twelve years ago, during the last Kumbh Mela works, debris were inadvertently strewn over the cannon, which has now been recovered, incidentally during the Kumbh works,” said one of the trustees Kailas Ghule.
He said the cannon must have been displaced the last time the stone ghat was removed to concretise it.
“We will discuss with our seniors about what to do with the cannon, which, at present, is with the Trust. It would most probably be kept in the temple,” said a source of the archaeological survey of India.
The Trimbakeshwar temple, which is the abode of Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, was constructed in 1730 by Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (Nanasaheb).
Courtesy – Times of India.