Malinithan, Arunachal Pradesh

Malinithan, Arunachal Pradesh

Date built: 14th to 15th centuries
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Locale: Likabali
District:: Lower Siang
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Malinithan is an archaeological site which consists of ruins of a Hindu temple of the early medieval period on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The archaeological studies of the ruins indicate that the temple was built with granite stones during the period of Aryan influence in the region, distinct from the other temples in the northeastern region built with bricks. It was built by Chutiya king Lakshminarayan in the early 15th century. This was the period when the Chutiya kings had started setting Brahmins in different areas of their kingdom offering them land grants.  Durga/Kechai-Khaiti is believed to be the chief deity who was worshipped in the ruined temple in her Shakthi form.

 

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The Malinithan archaeological site is located at the base of the Siang mountains in the Likabali town and a sub-division of the Lower Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated on a hill that rises to a height of 21 metres (69 ft), which affords a commanding view of the plains around it and of the Brahmaputra River.

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