After having successfully restored a 450-year-old leaning temple of Bhadrakali – a popular local deity at Sarah,near Dharamshala – the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),on Thursday,announced its plan to take-up a project for the relocation and restoration of ancient temples submerged in the Govind Sagar since 1960.
The temples were submerged because of the reservoir built on the Satluj river for the Bhakra hydel project. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had done a study on the temples and found possibilities of their relocation to new sites.
Malvika Pathania,new state convenor of INTACH,said,Talks are on with ASI and other experts on conservation of the submerged temples of Govind Sagar. We are told that the stones used in these temples could be retrieved,cleaned-up and reused. There should also mines around Bilaspur with the same quality of stones. Plans are also afoot for restoration of temples at Bathu-ki-larh (Pong Dam).