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Munish Dixit writes from Baijnath, Kangra district.
The Baijnath Shiv Temple is truly the finest temple in Himachal Pradesh.
Just hope that better care to preserve this ancient heritage of the hills is taken.
It is a treat to visit this great Shiva temple any time of the year but on the Shivratri day, its grandeur is unparalleled. Although the Archeological Survey of India maintains this temple, yet one can see the slow signs of aging as also some of the old artifacts missing. The local nagar panchayat should ensure that no unauthorised constructions take place in the periphery of this great heritage and make it the true mascot of tourism in the town and its neighbourhood. One had read about the threat to the temple from the erosion on the left bank of the stream below and it is hoped that the concerned authorities take advance notice of this threat and undertake preservation or conservation measures in good time.
Yes sir I have grown right in front of the temple and would carry the memories all my life. ASI took the temple in 80s and has done excellent job maintaining and restoring it.
However local mining mafia is threatening the whole ecological balance and as more and more sand and stone is withdrawn from river Binwa, it is going to be danger for compete city. But then who cares about all these issues in our state 🙁
Current MLA and past both are not even aware about environment balance. So their ignorance is one worry though some good officers did do the crack down on mafia but then they do get transferred.
HP has some of finest officials but I wish political interference is not there in their careers.