Bensrat Temple

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Bensrat

Bḗṣṭē / Bḗṣṭintā
Bensrat against the foothills of the Rhasratkha mountains
Bensrat against the foothills of the Rhasratkha mountains
Country Cananganam
Built129 BCE or 109 BCE

Bensrat Temple (Cananganamese: Bḗṣṭintā; Classical Cananganamese: Byāṇṣáṭṣē) is a Lunukist temple in the region of the Rhasratkha mountains in Cananganam, several kilometers from the border of Mujansa. Originally built sometime in the late 2nd Century BCE, it was made to be a mausoleum of the emperor's past vessels, as part of a project to create a new capital city of the empire on the instruction of Emperor Srusnutsree. While much of the city's remains have been lost due to depopulation sometime in the late 4th Century CE, the temple and several of its neighboring buildings were still maintained by several members of the local monastic order charged with protecting the relics inside.

The most notable artifacts that were preserved within the temple's crypts have created strong interest in the period during the 1st and 2nd Centuries BCE, as several tools and many cultural icons were founded in relic boxes. The crpyt had provided the perfect conditions for preservation as during the disastrous earthquake of 1262, portions of the crypts became blocked rubble resulting in air tight pockets. As a result, many wooden artifacts that would not have been preserved have survived to this day and have seen been retrieved and further protected, with recreations put on display in various museums and temples.

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