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Karachi, Dec 25, 2009:: Belying Pakistan governments tall claims regarding upkeep of Hindus worship places and other sites, a 1000-year-old Hindu temple – Shri Varun Dev Mandir – in Monora in Pakistan is lying in a dilapidated state.The temples caretaker has written several times to the concerned authorities for preserving the historical site, but to no avail.
The temples decayed appearance reflects a lack of care, and its walls and rooms serve as a toilet for visitors to Manoras sandy beach, even as humid winds are eating into the structure and the rich carvings on the walls of the mandir are slowly eroding, as reported in the Daily Times and other sources. Global Security Org. said, ” A small pyramid-shaped Hindu temple, the ‘Shri Varun Dev Mandir’ is in Manora. The structure still appears grand from afar, while the leftover tile work and craftsmanship gives a sense of its glorious past. The walls of the mandir have beautiful carvings in the Dev Nagri script. The temple is said to be more than 1,000 years old. Its beautiful architecture and appearance is in decay due to a complete lack of care. Its walls and rooms serve as a toilet for the locals of Manora’s sandy beach.”
Temple caretaker Jivraj said he had written to the Manora Cantonment Board (MCB) for the records of ownership, but was told no such document existed. An MCB official told Daily Times that since thetemple was in the jurisdiction of the Pakistan Navy, the MCB could not comment on it.
I have sincere hopes that the government will take care of these places of worship. Many people visit the mandir as it is the largest and most prominent attraction at Manora beach. A little bit of official or non-official help will go a long way in preserving this heritage, the paper quoted Jivraj as saying.
In the sixteenth century, a sailor named Bhojomal Nancy Bhatia discovered the Manora Island . He bought the island from Khan of Kalat. Bhatia built thetemple here with a lot of craft, Jivraj said and added that the last ritual was held in the 1950s.
Some unplanned brick works for guard-walls started suddenly and stopped unreasonably shows the utter reluctance of the concerned authority to destroy this heritage Hindu shrine from this world for ever.