museum would showcase historical, architectural, archaeological and geo-heritage relics relating to all the about 51 Maha Shaktipeeths
devotees in mata naina deviji temple
Rajesh Moudgil | TNR
Chandigarh : The temple trust of Shri Naina Deviji, district Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, along with the state ministry of art and culture, has planned to set up an international museum of all the Maha Shaktipeeths at the temple premises, which would be first of its kind in the country.
The said temple, which reportedly dates back to the eighth century, has a large number of devotees, tourists and researchers flocking from different parts of the country.
The district deputy commissioner-cum-temple commissioner Pankaj Rai, known museologist Dr P C Sharma, sub-divisional magistrate -cum-temple trust chairman Subhash Gautam, besides several engineers and theology scholars, held a meeting on the upcoming project last week.
Dr Sharma said that the temple museum would showcase historical, architectural, archaeological and geo-heritage relics relating to all the about 51 Maha Shaktipeeths located in different Asian countries.
Rai, an ardent art lover himself, said that this temple museum, according to plans, would also have an exhibition hall and a store-house to showcase rare artefacts of religious, educational, cultural and museological import. b
The upcoming museum would comprise about 13 thematic heritage sections mainly on the historical, artistic, archaeological, archival and socio-cultural facets of all the Maha Shaktipeeths. A section on the ancient history and archaeology of Bilaspur town would also be there.
Besides, the museum premises would include an open-air gallery of Indian plants having medicinal and theological import.
Dr Sharma, who is founder of the Baba Balak Nath museum at Deotsidh Sidhpeeth, district Hamirpur (HP), says that were plans to set up Mahashakti Vidyapeeth of religious studies adjacent to the Shri Naina Devi temple museum premises.