New look for Patiala Devi Temple

The task of structural repair that was taken up by the ASI following the request of the temple management, which had released an amount for the purpose. The repair work involved conserving the miniature sikhars using lakhori bricks and composite mortar.

The temple dates back to 1840 and was built by former Maharaja of Patiala, Karam Singhs to pay obeisance to Goddess Mansa after conquering the surrounding hilly areas.

Constructed in the North Indian style the temple has pyramidical roots over its three entrances. The architectural design of the tower is unique in its form with miniature shikhars shaped attachments. The temple is located at a level highest of all temples situated adjacent the Mansa Devi shrine. It is said that the Maharaja used to look at the tower of the temple from his fort at Patiala.

The small towers of the temple were damaged by trees that grown up in large numbers over the span of years. The management got the trees pruned but the problem could not be checked as the roots continued to damage the historical temple.

The management then approached the ASI. The temple which is originally made of lime stone and pebbles stands at a height of 80 feet.

The work at the temple was very difficult as the labour had to reach up to the top of the temple for repairs. Secondly the ordinary construction material could not be used for the same as it was a very fine work on the shikhars and the material was altogether different.

The only thing left is the polishing of the temple and the temple will look new within a few days.

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