The historical Punj Mandir cannot be preserve due to lack of funds
After the news of the decaying heritage of Punj Mandir (five temples) shrine at Fatehgarh Churian in Gurdaspur district and the missing 14 idols of Hindu deities certified as antiques by state department of cultural affairs, the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) had written a letter to Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner to examine the temple and submit a proposal for its preservation.
In this regard, an application was filed with the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get information about the status of preservation of the 180-year-old temple. The application was then forwarded to the PHTPB by the deputy CM’s office. The reply from the PHTPB states that the conservation work of the temple could not be undertaken due to paucity of funds. It also stated that as yet no proposals have been received by the board from the deputy commissioner’s office.
The applicant said that he was thankful to the deputy CM for transferring the application to the concerned department and hoped that soon funds will be arranged for preserving the rich heritage.