Visited Vindhyavasini temple inside Chila Forest this morning - situated inside Rajaji National Park, atop a hillock that overlooks Henval river on one side and Neelkanth and Yamkeshwar valleys on other sides is serene and calm...u feel different kind of energy out here-peaceful!
Uma Bharti Ji is a regular to this temple and she was staying in an ashram nearby - was to visit in the noon. Temple has a cave inside the temple campus; present day maharaj ji- disciple of the Guru Maharaj, lives here along with 2-3 more disciples.....
Guess what Maharaj Ji,who lives here,has to deal with an over intrusive Forest Deptt-thx to forest conservation act, it doesn’t let electricity reach temple;proper water pipeline to the temple can’t be laid as it passes through their domain....yet flag of Sanatan is flying high!
It is a shame that people who raised these forests, nurtured and nourished them are being dictated terms just because there is an act in place that gives all the rights to IFS officers and the Deptt that manages it- it is the biggest fraud on folks of Ukd !
One reason for death of pahari architecture &related art is the forest conservation act. Thanks to this act,locals were barred fm mining stones (for wall construction), slates (for roofing) and wood (for doors and windows)- and this when forest belonged to them thru centuries!

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