Republic Day on 26th January, 2022 was celebrated in befitting manner at Sarnath Circle of Archaeological Survey of India. On this day all the staffs of Sarnath Circle, Sarnath Museum, Sub Circle Sarnath, Horticulture and Science Branch also participated on this auspicious occasion. First of all the staffs of ASI reached to Archaeological Museum Sarnath for hoisting National Flag at 8.30 AM. After hoisting National Flag all the participant reached to Sarnath Circle Office and there also hoisted flag at 8.45 AM. After that a little culture programme was also done by the ASI staffs.
A Mock Drill was organized by 11 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team at Archaeological Museum, Sarnath on 17/01/2022. The main topic of this rehearsal was to deal the victims who were suffered and affected by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) disasters. On the celebration of "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav" a team of 11 N.D.R.F. under the direction of their Commandant Mr. Manoj Kumar Sharma and District Administration have participated in the premises of Archaeological Museum, Sarnath for the practice of the above mentioned mock drill on 17/01/2022. The staffs of Archaeological Survey of India, Sarnath Circle were also present on this occasion and were very much aware by this mock drill.
Sarnath circle initially was working in the premises of the Sarnath sub circle office and has no sufficient space to run offices and accommodation to adopt the Sarnath Circle, Sub Circle, Horticulture sub office and Science Branch office were also established recently in Sarnath Circle. Viewing these crucial situation the Joint Director General of ASI, New Delhi has visited Sarnath circle and museum on 07.01.2022 along with the team of Sarnath circle of ASI comprising Dr. Abinash Mohanty, Superintending Archaeologist, Mr. Abdul Arif & Dr. Prakash Kumar, Assistant Superintending Archaeologists, Sri P. K. Tripathi & Sri Ashok Kumar, Assistant Superintending Archaeological Engineer, Sri Anil Kumar Singh & Sri Rajesh Yadav, Assistant Archaeologists, Sri Omkar Garud, H.A., Gr. I, Mr. Rajnish Singh, Jr. C.A. & Sri Ramnaresh Yadav, Draftsman were also present in this visit. During inspection by the Joint Director General of ASI, this team has selected the space for opening different Branch offices in the Premises of Sarnath circle towards western part after crossing the metalled road as there is much space for construction of office buildings that will be suitable for all the staff of all recently opened Branches of ASI. If this proposal will be approve from the Directorate General Office, ASI, New Delhi, a great work will be done for the offices of different branches of ASI.
In the course of a visit of Additional Director General (Archaeology), Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi on 10.12.2021 at Varanasi. He inspected with a team of A.S.I.,Sarnath Circle, comprising Dr. Abinash Mohanty, Superintending Archaeologist, Mr. Abdul Arif, Asstt. Superintending Archaeologist, Mr. Anil Kumar Singh and Rajesh Yadav Assistant Archaeologist and Rajnish Kumar Singh Junior C.A., Sarnath Circle and Ram Naresh Yadav Draftsman.
During visit this team inspected Lal Khan Tomb also and Additional Director General (Archaeology) A.S.I., has suggested for taking a scientific trial excavation trench on any one side on the plinth of Lal Khan Tomb which was built in 17th Century C.E. and this monument is protected monument.To know the exact extension of Lal Khan Tomb as this tomb is made of Char Bagh Pattern having four canopies on four co-ordinal direction and towards south of this tomb on the lower portion their had already been taken excavation by A.K. Narayan, B.H.U. and A.S.I. also long before and had revealed the history of Varanasi that goes back to earlier than 8thcent. B.C.E. of old kashi.
During this trial scientific excavation of Sarnath Circle of its only two day's work dated 20.01.2022 and 21.01.2022, this team has found the earlier platform extension by using sand stone slabs in a trench of 21/2 x 21/2 meter with deposit of burnt brick bats, lime-surkhi plaster and concrete work and a vertical sand stone has also visible that is supporting the horizontal lying sand stone with in the trench. Total about 2 meter depth of this trench has been excavated upto dated 21.01.2022. The trial trench excavation is in progress (photo of trail trenches enclosed separately).