Lord Shiva’s temple is the highest in the world, leaning 6-10 degrees! IG News

A study conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found that the world’s tallest Shiva temple in Dehradun’s Rudraprayag district is leaning. Tunganath Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world, is situated at an altitude of about 12,800 feet, facing north. At present, the temple is leaning by five to six degrees or 10 degrees in smaller structures of the complex, ASI officials said. Officials said that they have informed the Central Government about this issue.

Suggestion for inclusion in the List of Protected Monuments

Officials have suggested listing the shrine as a protected monument. In this context, the government has started the process of declaring it as a monument of national importance. A notification has been issued seeking objections from the public in this regard,’ said an official.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility of temple collapse!

Also, the authorities have not ruled out the possibility of the Tunganath temple collapsing. Speaking about this, ASI’s Dehradun Circle Superintendent Archaeologist Manoj Kumar Saxena said, “First, we will find out the root cause of the damage and repair it immediately if possible. Also, a detailed program will be prepared after a thorough inspection of the shrine.”

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Also, the alignment of the temple may change due to major tilting. Officials said the damaged foundation would be replaced after consultation with experts if necessary.

History of Tunganath Temple

Tunganath Temple is considered to be the tallest Shiva temple in the world. History says that it was built by Katuri kings in the 8th century.

It is the tallest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in Rudraprayag district. The temple also has a rich legend associated with the Pandavas, the heroes of the Mahabharata.

Also, the climate is generally cool throughout the year. The average temperature during the day is around 16 degrees Celsius.

Winters are bitterly cold. Due to heavy snowfall, Tunganath temple remains closed for about 6 months during winter.

By the way, the priests of this temple are local Brahmins of Makkumath village. Also, unlike other Kedar temples, the priests are of South Indian origin.

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This tradition is said to have been established by Shankaracharya in the eighth century. It is said that Maithani Brahmins from Makkumath village serve as priests in this temple.

Refuse to hand over to the government!

Tunganath Temple is under the administration of Badri Kedar Temple Committee (BKTC). “A letter has also been sent to BKTC about the leaning of the temple and suggestions given to the government in this regard. However, we have not received a response yet,” Saxena said.

Responding to this through the media, BKTC President Ajendra Ajay said, “This issue was discussed in the board meeting recently.

All the stakeholders have rejected the proposal of the Archeology Department. We are ready to take their help in restoring the temple to its original form without handing it over to them.