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Shangchul Temple – Ancient Hindu Temple in Himachal Pradesh Believed to be Built by Pandavas Destroyed in Fire

Shangchul temple at Patahara village in the Shanghad valley in Kullu District was destroyed in fire. It was one of the oldest temples in Himachal Pradesh and was believed to have been built by Pandavas.
Villagers had renovated the temple last year.
Times of India reports 
Patahara village is accessible only after one hour of uphill climb from Ropa or Neuli village, 8 km beyond Sainj town. As fire tenders cannot reach the village, villagers had not contacted the fire department. Sources said the nearest fire station is in Kullu and fire tenders take at least 2 hours to reach Sainj town.

Kullu deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar said property worth crores of rupees is estimated to have been destroyed in the fire which destroyed the ancient temple of Shangchul Maharaj and three houses. Nearly 20 idols mostly made of ashtadhatu along with jewellery and relics of the temple were also destroyed.

Regional sub-divisional magistrate has been asked to investigate the reasons behind the fire. According to eyewitnesses, they saw flames on the upper storey of the temple first and then it spread to the lower stories and adjoining houses.