Deptt of Archives conducts assessment survey of Purmandal


Jammu, May 16: On the initiative of SEARCH (Saving Environment and Activism for Restoration of Culture and Heritage), which is a Jammu based NGO, Department of Archives conducted assessment survey of Purmandal.
Suneel Mahajan, NGO Chairman and Kranti Bhushan, its General Secretary, had written to Director Archives, Archeology and Museums, to enlist Parmandal and other neglected structures, as Protected Heritage sites and conserve, restore Purmandal to its ancient glory.
A team from Department of Archives, Archeology and Museums, comprising of Assistant Director, JE Rakesh Kumar and Daksh Dev, as follow up to the directions from LG UT of J & K, carried out a comprehensive survey of Purmandal Temples, Havelis and river Devika.
The team, along with the members of NGO, visited most of structures on the banks of Devika and made observations of archival land cultural background of this place of pilgrimage and tourist attraction. J.L Baru who has been working on this issue since so many years was also present on the occasion to brief the team about the history and some other aspects about the place . SEARCH, the said NGO, has been persuing the cause of saving Purmandal from erosion and manmade destruction, and approaching the authorities to include Purmandal in the list of protected precincts and monuments, guided the team to the entire area of Purmandal and showed several neglected and dialipitaded structures and monuments, which are on the verge of extinction. The team also expressed concern on the absence of any sewerage treatment system and drainage network as the entire waste of the surrounding is released into Devika, which is a pious under ground flowing river for centuries and whose water people use to take away for their religious rituals.
The open cremations taking place in Devika is also a matter of concern and is spoiling the sanctity and hygiene of the river.

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