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Hindus ask ASEAN to save Shiva temple from further damage in Thai-Cambodia clash

Nevada (US), Feb 8 (ANI): Hindus have asked ASEAN to urgently play an
effective role in protection and preservation of Preah Vihear Hindu
Shiva temple complex which has reportedly suffered considerable damage
due of Thai-Cambodian crossfire.

Notable Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA)
today, said that this landmark age-old and revered temple was important
to Hindu heritage and must be preserved to pass it on to the future
generations.ed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism,
argued that it was a golden opportunity for ASEAN (Association of
Southeast Asian Nations) to prove that it was not just a “paper and
ceremonial tiger” but an effective organization which yielded strong
influence on the region. It should not shy away to shoulder its
responsibility of saving the important heritage of the world and
respecting the feelings of Hindus worldwide.
Rajan Zed further said that ASEAN should urgently intervene to stop the
fighting so that this landmark Hindu temple could be saved from further
damage, and then attempt to restore it to its original shape and
provide some infrastructure in the area for devotees and other visitors.
ASEAN, whose Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint was to “Promote the
conservation and preservation of ASEAN cultural heritage”, had not even
posted any statement on its website regarding the Thai-Cambodia clash
which began February four and subsequent damage of the historic sacred
Shiva temple, Zed pointed out.ajan Zed indicated that damage to 11th
century Shiva temple was shocking and hurtful to the Hindu community
world over. Lord Shiva, one of the major deities in Hinduism forming
great triad with Brahma and Vishnu, was focus of worship of the Hindus,
and it was important for them that Preah Vihear Hindu Shiva temple be
protected.ed stressed that historic Preah Vihear was a world heritage
and it was moral duty of the world to keep it intact for the coming
generations. The reported collapse of a wing besides other damage to
the already fragile complex was hurtful to the devotees because Lord
Shiva temple was a sacred site to Hindus of the world.
Known as Preah Vihear in Cambodia and Khao Phra Viharn in Thailand,
this remote temple at the border between Thailand and Cambodia, which
had reportedly not been clearly demarcated, had 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, Rajan Zed added. ed stated that world should 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 edicated to the Hindu deity 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, Rajan Zed said. (ANI)

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