[Assam] Assamese Buddhist must vet the renovation work on the temple of Buddhist origin where Kamma was allowed to end in the path seeking Nirvana. Hindu Puro’hits have hijacked it with a fabricated storey, now the remaining Buddhist artefacts ar

Manoj Das dasmk2k at gmail.com
Fri May 25 10:08:08 PDT 2007


The 'tin paat' around the main 'mandap' should be changed.



On 5/25/07, Bartta Bistar <barttabistar at googlemail.com> wrote:
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> Kamakhya Temple in Assam to be renovated
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> http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=476027
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> SUKHENDU BHATTACHARYA, GUWAHATI, MAY 11 (PTI)
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> The Assam government and a leading corporate giant have finalised plans to
> renovate the world famous Kamakhya Temple, the centre of the Shakti and
> Tantrik cult.
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> Poor maintenance often leads to inconvenience and harassment to thousands
> of pilgrims who throng the temple every year.
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> This could, however be a thing of the past with the government chalking
> out an action plan to give the temple a facelift.
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> Assam Tourism Secretary Sunanda Sengupta says the government has firmed up
> plans to develop this seat of the mystique tantra cult which is also
> regarded in religious texts as the seat of the "Shakti Pith".
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> "Kamakhya has all the ingredients to match other famous religous places of
> the country and the government has taken up plans to develop it which would
> also help fetch more revenue", she said.
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> "To begin with the government has approved a ropeway to the Kamakhya and
> Bhubaneswari temple, situated atop the picturesque Neelachal Hills
> overlooking the mighty river Brahmaputra", Sengupta said.
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> The ropeway, Sengupta said, would be an added attraction for the tourist
> visiting the city, she said.
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> Though funds from the central government were still meagre, the state's
> tourism budget was also not much but even then the state government has
> decided to implement a special package, she said.
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> The package includes lighting of the entire temple and construction of a
> "Yatri Nivas" for the pilgrims which will be completed by this month end,
> the official said.
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> The government is also focussing strongly on the yet undiscovered
> religious circuit in the state, which is home to the three major Hindu
> cults-- Tantrik Shaktism, Saivism and Vaishnavism-- and also Islam and
> Buddhism.
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> To supplement the government's effort is the Dharampal and Satyapal, a
> corporate group which has come forward to work with the government to
> develop the temple.
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> The company plans to undertake construction of a dome infront of the
> Ganesh Mandir at the entrance of the holy pond, a company's spokesman said.
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> There is also a plan to construct a "Sitala" mandir on the left side of
> the main temple and construction of a wall around the holy pond to keep it
> clean (as all pilgrims first go there for a wash before entering the main
> shrine).
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> Construction of brass railing on the steps leading to the pond and and
> filtration unit for water filtering of the holy pond is also on the anvil,
> he said.
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> One of the major project of the company is to construct a museum of
> tantrik cult and also to provide a place for preservation and safety of
> precious stone statues of historical significance that are presently lying
> scattered in the campus and are of the trantrik age, the spokesman said.
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> "This is a part of the company's corporate social responsibility as Maa
> Kamakhya temple is one of the most important holy places in India and hordes
> of devotees throng this place every year", he said.
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> The temple is not only important to devotees but also to the tourism
> industry which considers it as one of the major draws of the area.
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