Thursday, October 30, 2008

Proposed New look of Khir Bhawani

Photograph: June 2008

Presently, there are plans to modify/ beautify the central marble structure inside the spring. The basic design (above in the image) has been finalized. The project has been sponsored by Capt. Kapil Raina and family.

The first marble structure inside the spring was built by the Dogra ruler Maharaja Pratap Singh and it was completed in 1920s. Before this marble structure was created there was only a mulberry tree.

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November, 2008
Update:
Dr. Karan Singh, who is the Trustee of the Dharmarth Trust - that looks after the affairs of this shrine and many other Pandit shrines of Kashmir - has refused this proposal. Because of the antiquity of the present design, he thought Pandit community won't be happy with the New look.
Dr. Karan Singh was appointed the Sole Trustee of the Dharmarth Trust in January 1959.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Old Photograph of Hari Parbat

An Old Photograph of Hari Parbat (Chakreshwar) that hangs inside one of the buildings to the left of the central structure. Probable date of the photograph: 1920s. The township surrounding the temple was originally created by the Mughal Emperor Akbar who setup this new township as his base here after his successful conquest of Kashmir in 1585.
Today this area is heavily congested and most of the old pathways lost to human in-habitation. Our parents and grandparents may have circumvent the hillock in their time at their pace but this is not a possibility for us anymore.
Photograph taken at the location in June 2008.

Old Photograph of Tulamulla

Old Photograph of central deities at Tulamulla (Kheer Bhawani). Probably taken in the late 1930s.
This photograph adores one of the sides of the structure inside the spring.
Photograph taken at the location in  June, 2008

The Spring that Changes Colors
During my visit the waters of the spring was milky white.
In 1886 Walter Lawrence, the British Settlement Commissioner for land, noted during his visit to the spring that its color was having a violet tinge.
(Made an entry of it at the wiki along with the entry about the proposed new look of the central temple)
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