New Shiva temple along Indo-Nepal border to boost religious tourism

The upcoming huge Shiva Panchayan Mandir near Chewa Bhanjyang along the Indo-Nepal border in Sikkim, is expected to boost religious tourism in Sikkim. The construction of the temple is in the final stages and is hoped to attract tens of thousands of devotees from both India and Nepal.

The temple is expected to be an important religious center for devotees and boost the tourism prospect in the state. The construction of this temple at Sopakha under Maneybong-Dentam in West Sikkim has been going on in war-footing pace. The temple is situated at the height of 8,500 feet at Sopakha just below Chewa Bhanjyang on Sikkim-Nepal border.

The construction of the road connecting Sikkim and Nepal from Chewa Bhanjyang is expected to make this temple an important attraction for devotees from India and Nepal. This road will help devotees from Taplejung, Pheedim, Ilam, and Bhojpur in Nepal side to reach this upcoming temple.

The construction of this Shiva Panchayan Mandir had started under the active initiative of Sikkim Government and Maneybong-Dentam Area MLA and UDHD Minister N K Subba and concerned departmental officials have been actively involved for the early completion of the temple.

According to sources installation of all statues in this temple is being carried out by descendants of renowned Mohapatra family of Odisha. The temple will have statues of Shiva, Surya Narayan, Ganpati, Durga, and Shani. Architect of the temple, Kiran Rasaily said that the construction of Shiva Panchayan Mandir was being done for Sanatan devotees of India and Nepal. Rasaily further added that the temple on the international border of Indo-Nepal would boost the pilgrimage tourism. The temple will be another attraction for trekkers on this world famous trekking trail of Chewa Bhanjyang, Phoktey, and Kalpokhari, reported Sentinel.