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Hindus want disputed Thai-Cambodia Hindu Shiva temple be transferred to UN control

Hindus have asked that landmark Preah
Vihear Hindu temple complex, cause of border dispute between Thailand
and Cambodia, should be turned over to United Nations (UN) control.

Notable Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA)
today, said that 11th century Preah Vihar was a world heritage and it
was moral duty of the world to keep it preserved and intact for the
coming generations.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that
this Lord Shiva temple was sacred to the Hindus of the world and
reported damage caused by recent military crossfire could be hurtful to
the devotees.

Rajan Zed pointed out that frequent clashes between Cambodia and
Thailand because of long-running feud might further damage the already
fragile temple. UN presence would help in protecting the sacred site,
development and upkeep of the area, allowing easy access and provision
of needed facilities to devotees and other visitors, bringing more
economic development and investment in the region, clearing of reported
area landmines and saving the military and civilian lives which were
usually lost in conflicts.
nown as Preah Vihear in Cambodia and Khao Phra Viharn in Thailand, this
remote temple at the border between Thailand and Cambodia, which has
reportedly not been clearly demarcated, has been a source of tension
for generations. Preah Vihear was said to even predate Cambodia’s
Angkor Wat temple complex by about 100 years and its stunning setting
made it finest of all the ruins left from the mighty Khmer
civilization, Zed added.

Rajan Zed further said that world could not let this sacred site
dedicated to Lord Shiva (situated where Preah Vihear province of
northern Cambodia touched Sisaket province of eastern Thailand) be
further damaged to advance political agendas of some as there appeared
to be a no clear solution to settle the long-standing territorial
dispute surrounding the temple, which was already a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and whose history could be traced to 9th century when
the hermitage was founded.
Moreover, Temple of Preah Vihear, an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer
architecture mostly created by Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II, was a
unique architectural complex of a series of sanctuaries and was said to
be exceptional for the quality of its architecture and carved stone
ornamentation. It was reportedly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in
his manifestations as Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara. It was also said to
be marking representation of sacred Mount Meru, the abode of the gods,
and showing a depiction of Churning of the Ocean, a Hindu scriptural
episode, Zed indicated.(ANI)

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