kullu temple fire

Kullu’s ancient Shangchul Mahadev temple gutted in massive fire

KULLU- The historic temple of Shangchool Mahadev and three four-storey houses were destroyed in a devastating fire at Patahar village in the Sainj valley here last night. The loss of property is yet to be ascertained. All ornaments and stock of the temple were destroyed, however, the rath (palanquin) of the deity was preserved. According to witnesses, the fire started from the temple and engulfed adjoining houses. There was no loss of life or livestock. The village is connected by a forest road, which was inaccessible to fire tenders or other vehicles. Besides, the nearest fire station is in Kullu, it takes over two hours for fire brigade vehicles to reach the Sainj valley. Credits- HT/TNS

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