Archaeological Survey of India, Ranchi Circle is newly created of A.S.I. which have been bifurcated from Patna Circle in 2003. Before creation of Ranchi Circle, it was a Sub-Circle under Patna Circle and the office of Conservation Assistant was estabilished at H.I. - 31, Harmu Housing Colony, Harmu, Ranchi.

    Khekparta,  Dist. - Lohardaga

Khekparta (Lat.  23 0 27 10  N., Long. - 840 44 50 E.) is situated at a distance of about 90 km towards north-west from Ranchi and 12 km from the district headquarters Lohardaga.  Made by local boulders, this Shiva temple is situated on the hill top of the Khekparta village. The temple is erected directly on the surface of the hill without having any foundation. There is a narrow entrance of 1 meter height to the temple facing east. A Shivalinga is installed in the garbhagriha which is the presiding deity of the temple. Planned in triratha, the shikhara of the temple is crowned with an amlaka. The height of the temple is about four meters. The temple has the same style and affinity with those of rekha deula  of Kalingan style of Orissa and can be dated to the 9th  century AD. Recently, the Archaeological Survey of India has exposed a group of small temples through scientific clearances in the foot - hill area and all the temples are dedicated to lord Shiva as all excepting one are having Shivalinga installed in the shrines.

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