Attempts to promote historic Janaki Temple underway
Ramjanaki Temple, Janakpur. (File photo)
JANAKPURDHAM: Chairman of the Madhesi Commission, Bijay Kumar Dutta, has assured that efforts will be made to conserve the historic Ramjanaki Temple, based in Janakpur.
In his address to a program titled “The Current Situation of Janaki Temple” organized by the Hindu Council of Nepal and Mithila Culture Society Nepal here today, he expressed concern over the news of the theft of jewelry from Janaki Temple.
President Dutta said he would inquire about the progress of the investigation into the matter with the relevant bodies. “There is an urgent need to verify the fact of the news and find out how the valuables were stolen from the temple.”
Stating that he had heard that the temple also had its own land and other means of income, but its condition was still poor, he said that cooperation would be sought from the Department of Archaeology, Guthi Sanstha and organizations involved to get the real picture. of ancient heritage.
Commission Secretary Anjan Mishra said putting up an information board in the temple area was necessary for the convenience of visitors, while Department Officer Manju Singh Bhandari said that the temple features unique architecture and is abundantly beautiful.
Mishra urged everyone to help preserve and promote the temple. Central Chairman of Hindu Council of Nepal, Santosh Patel has alleged that the Ramjanaki Temple of Mithila which remains an important heritage of the country not being included in the list of World Heritage Sites is due to the weakness of the department and the Guthi Sansthan . .
“If the Department and the Commission still do not move towards the conservation of Ramjanaki Temple, the condition of this important heritage will deteriorate further,” he said. Nepal Council Advisor Dr. Sabari Shah said the condition of Janaki Temple is deteriorating day by day after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake and there is a need for in-depth discussions between the organizations concerned for the conservation of the nation’s property.
The Commission, through a press release today, said precious ornaments worth billions of rupees were lost in the temple. Likewise, he said that ancient artistic golden pinnacles used in the dome and spires were also missing while the diamond-set eyes of a pair of artistic stone lion sculptures placed above the north door of the temple were stolen.
He mentions that valuable items like gaulochan, gajamani and syalko singh which would have been in the temple have not yet been archived.
The speakers of the program also drew the attention of the authorities concerned on the need to strictly prohibit the sale of fish, meat and alcohol near the premises of the temple as well as not to allow inside the pregnant camera, mobile phone, shoes and sandals and leather belt. temple to maintain its holiness.