Dharmarth Trust to make temples accessible for physically-challenged

Ajatshatru Singh and others at the foundation stone laying ceremony of ramp on Tuesday.
Ajatshatru Singh and others at the foundation stone laying ceremony of ramp on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 26: Ajatshatru Singh, Trustee J&K Dharmarth Trust, today asserted that the Trust was committed to make the temples and shrines falling under its ambit inclusive and accessible to the physically-challenged.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a ramp for differently-abled people here at Shree Ranbireshwar Temple. Advocate Ajay Gandotra, President Dharmarth Trust and Dr Gopal Parthasarthi Sharma, Secretary also accompanied Ajatshatru Singh during foundation stone laying of the aforesaid ramp.
On the occasion, Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta, Dr Shiv Kumar Raina, Chairman J&K Dharmarth Trust Advisory Committee; S M Sahni, former Director Tourism Jammu; Vishal Abrol (Architect), Mahant Rishiban, Mahant Rajkumar Langar, Corporator Anil Masoom, Rameshwar Singh Jamwal, Parveen Sharma, Onkar Sharma, B L Bhat, Hira Lal Abrol, Prabhat Singh Jamwal, Ravi Bakshi, Sanjay Gupta, Darshan Kumar and Anil Sharma were present.
Talking about laying of foundation stone for ramp in the aforesaid temple, Ajatshatru said that it was the dream of Chairman Trustee Dr Karan Singh which has been fulfilled today. He said that Dr Karan Singh once said that there should be some provision like a ramp for the differently-abled persons who otherwise couldn’t visit this ancient temple. He said that today the dream of Dr Karan Singh has been fulfilled.
Peeping into the history, Ajatshatru Singh said that unlike the kings and rulers of other kingdoms who spent their wealth in making forts, palaces and other things for their personal comforts and earning fame, the Maharajas of Jammu and Kashmir dedicated their wealth to create marvels and stunning architecture to house Gods and Goddesses and that is the reason that the region today possess a treasure of rich cultural heritage and traditions which are conserved here since times immemorial. He said that the temples built by Maharajas of J&K are world famous and people from within the country and abroad feel blessed after visiting these revered places of worship which had been gifted to mankind by the Maharajas of erstwhile J&K State.
Advocate Ajay Gandotra, in his address, said that the Trust is moving apace to provide state of art facilities to devotees and the aforesaid facility is another feather in the cap of those running the affairs of the Trust.
The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr Gopal Parthasarthi Sharma.