War Over the World’s Largest Hindu Shrine
A foundation-laying ceremony has been held in Patna, Bihar earlier this month for the creation of what is said to be the tallest Hindu temple anywhere in the world– which is nothing unusual in India. But what became a matter of diplomatic confrontation between India and Cambodia is the same proposed Hindu temple in the banks of Ganges River as it’s the replica of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the country’s most popular tourist attraction and national symbol.
Mahavir Mandir Trust, a privately run India-based religious organization, is behind this
100 crore project and ‘bhoomi pujan’ (land purification) has been held at the site near Hajipur.
The massive replica of the 12th century Cambodian temple will be called ‘Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir’ and will be build in a sprawling 40-acre site on the Hajipur-Bidupur road near Ismailpur village.
The Cambodian government called the move to make a higher replica of its national symbol a “shameful act” and warned that this could affect the future relationships with India. “
’There is only one Angkor Wat in the world, it is Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, which was listed as one of the world heritage sites in 1992,”
Cambodia’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Him Chhem, told reporters in Phnom Penh.
The director of Sydney University’s archaeology project at Angkor Wat,Damian Evans, said Cambodians are predictably outraged about the project, ”as I am sure Indians would be if a nearby country decided to build a clone of the Taj Mahal”
Dr Evans said building a replica showed a ”remarkable lack of cultural sensitivity by this group in India, considering how central Angkor Wat is to Khmer [Cambodian] national identity”.
The main sandstone temple is depicted on Cambodia’s flag and is a source of great national pride.
India has many experts to call upon to build the replica, which will be higher than this, then why this?
A Cambodian government spokesman, Phay Siphan, said building a full-scale replica of Angkor Wat was a ”shameful act” and a deliberate attempt to undermine its ”universal value’
The secretary of the Mahavir Mandir Trust,
Kishore Kunal, said Angkor Wat was the ”most marvellous monument ever made by mankind and I just want to make the largest Hindu temple in the world”.
(NOW WHAT YOU PEOPLE SAY THIS FOOLISHNESS? STUPIDITY? Or BEASTALITY BY SOME HINDU ORGANISATIONS?)
This type of act bring SHAME to other true HINDUS.
DONT YOU THINK SO?
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