DANG: The world’s largest Trishul installed at Ghorai’s Pandeshwor Mandir has been attracting tourists in droves. The trident, weighing 81 quintal and 13 kilos, was inaugurated on December 14, 2014.
The Trishul is by far the largest and heaviest in the world, according to Ganesh Adhikari, chairperson of Pandeshwor Temple Management Trust (PTMT). Previously, the Trishul of India’s Pidaraud Temple weighing 27 quintals, was considered the heaviest.
Designed by Indian stone carvers, the Trishul was built at a cost of Rs 1.5 million, according to PTMT. “Since the inauguration of the world’s largest Trishul, more than 200 tourists visit the temple on a daily basis,” said Adhikari.
Previously, only locals visited the temple, that too only during festivals like Shivaratri, but today, thanks to the Trishul, both domestic and international tourists visit the temple.
The temple has now turned into a pilgrimage site for many devotees. Keeping this in mind, a separate pilgrimage house has been built on the temple premises.
This Dharmasala primarily serves as a rest-stop for tourists from across the country as well as those from a number of states in India. “Prominent personalities, including the former president, chief justice, police chief and ministers, have already visited the Trishul as well as the temple,” said Adhikari.
The temple having both religious and aesthetic significance is located at the base of the Chure range. To further the natural beauty of the temple and to improve the scenery of the area, PTMT has planted 108 seedlings of Bar and Peepal trees around the temple.