Rebuilt 400-year-old Himachal temple opens

March 3rd, 2012 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, March 3 (IANS) A 400-year-old Hindu temple in Himachal Pradesh that was partially damaged in a quake over a century ago was reopened for public Saturday.

The Bhadrakali Temple in Sarah village near Dharamsala has been rebuilt in its original shikhar style architecture.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal performed ceremonial prayers to rededicate the temple, Intach (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) convener in Himachal Pradesh Malvika Pathania told IANS.

The Intach reconstructed the temple at its original site after demolishing the damaged structure by spending Rs.700,000.

The foundation of the temple was damaged when the Kangra Valley witnessed its most devastating earthquake of the last century in 1905, killing more than 20,000 people.

The quake tilted the temple, some 250 km from Shimla. Its restoration work started in 2006 and was completed in January this year.

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