Saturday, 11 December 2010

Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi link

Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi link

The state governments of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have cleared decks for installing aerial ropeway linking Sikh's historic town, Anandpur Sahib to the religious shrine of Hindus at Naina Devi. The memorandum of understanding between the two states for the ropeway, which will reduce the travel time by 15 minutes between the two places, will be signed after panchayati raj elections in HP.
Confirming this, HP chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told Hindustan Times that signing of the MoU has been deferred due to code of conduct in view of the PRI elections slated for the end December. The main objective of installing the ropeway is to give impetus to tourism apart from reviving historical ties between Naina Devi and Anandpur Sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh had laid the foundation of Khalsa panth.

Legends have it the guru had performed chandi yagya at Naina Devi temple, which is visible from the Sikh town. “The ropeway holds a lot of significance for these places historically,“ said Dhumal.

The 3.6 kilometre long aerial ropeway will be installed on built operate and transfer (BOT) basis. According to the plan, while the lower terminal of ropeway will be set up at Rampur village in Punjab, Toaba village in HP will have the intermediate terminal, which will also serve as boarding point for the passengers. The upper terminal will be set up at Nainadevi.

Gurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, December 11th 2010.

Editors note:
There was a historic link between the Custodians of Naina Devi and Guru Gobind Singh. However there is dispute by scholars as to whether a Yagan took place by the Guru at Naina Devi temple.

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