Leisure, photography, police at ASI monuments in Mandi


Triloknath Temple in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh


We visited Triloknath Temple (Mandi, Himachal Pradesh) on March 9, 2013. A huge electricity transformer in front of the temple gate was an eyesore. Unlike other temples, prayer (puja) was not in progress and there were hardly any devotees. The clean temple was guarded by police personnel to our surprise. Vigilant staff of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) did not allow taking pictures inside the temple, but photography is permitted within the temple complex that also houses office of the institute.

On March 12, 2013, we went to Panchvaktra Temple located next to the Panchvaktra Bridge over the Suketi Khad. It was 9 AM. There was no police at this ASI managed monument. There was no priest either and thereby no restrictions. We asked a man sitting inside the temple for photography. He allowed taking pictures inside also.

A deity (Shri Devi Mandbharvan from Deaul Saraj region) procession was leaving the temple for Dev Sadan set up near Paddal Ground on the occasion of International Mahashivrati Festival 2013. Some young boys were engrossed in the books. The temple was clean. It was open for everyone. However, the river bank was dirty and somewhat stinking because it is used as public toilet. There are slums near the temple.

From Panchvaktra Temple, we saw that villagers from Chuhar Region (Mandi) with their deities visited Triloknath Temple to offer prayers and seek blessings of Triloknath.

A few police personnel came when we were leaving the temple after an hour or so.

On March 15, 2013, we visited barselas, which are within easy walking distance of DC Office and Seri Munch. However, the auto rickshaw charged thirty rupees for this short ride. The royal cemetery was slippery because of moss. There were no visitors. Souls were resting in isolation? No! Because the cemetery is surrounded by houses of all sizes and shapes.

We wonder why such beautiful structures are not built today.