Shiva Panchayan Mandir on Sikkim-Nepal border hopes to attract devotees from both countries

Gangtok, 15 Dec:

Shiva Panchayan Mandir near Chewa Bhanjyang on the Indo-Nepal border is on the verge of completion. It is hoped that the temple will attract devotees from both India and Nepal.

The construction of the temple at Sopakha under Maneybong-Dentam constituency in West Sikkim has been underway on a war-footing. The temple is situated at a height of 8,500 feet at Sopakha just below Chewa Bhanjyang on the Sikkim-Nepal border and around 35 KMs from Dentam Bazaar in West Sikkim.

Sopakha is already blessed with natural beauty and now this temple is all set to become another attraction of the area.

The upcoming road connecting Sikkim and Nepal from Chewa Bhanjyang could further encourage visitors, especially those from Taplejung, Pheedim, Ilam and Bhojpur on the Nepal side.

The construction of this Shiva Panchayan Mandir was started on the active initiative of the State Government and Maneybong-Dentam MLA, UD&HD Minister NK Subba, and concerned departmental officials have been actively involved in the early completion of the temple, it is informed.

The temple will house statues of Shiva, Surya Narayan, Ganpati, Durga and Shani, sculpted by artisans from Odisha.

Architect of the temple, Kiran Rasaily, informs that the construction of Shiva Panchayan Mandir was being done for Sanatan devotees of India and Nepal.

He added that the temple on the international border of Indo-Nepal would boost pilgrimage tourism.

The temple will be another attraction on this world famous trekking trail of Chewa Bhanjyang, Phoktey and Kalpokhari, he points out.

A tourism stakeholder, Lodey Bhutia from Uttarey in West Sikkim, said that earlier Sopakha was accessible only on yaks but with the road project under Border Road Development Project, Sopakha and Bhanjyang can be easily accessed.

Mr Bhutia has been working to promote Sopakha, Chewa Bhanjyang and Uttarey as tourism destinations.