Wandering Destination: JayVinayak Mandir, Jaygad, Ratnagiri (MH, India)
On the way back from my trip round the Ratnagiri Taluka, I was hurry in making to home. I was driving my scooter and It was half past noon. I could'nt run my pleasure because of self proclaimed speed limitation of 50 Kmph. The lonely road with none trees beside was creating it tough to drive under the so bright sun assisted by hot wind. To add to it, the road was literally dug by the heavy vehicles commuting between Laavaganvadi port and Jindal Power Plant. After passing by Jindal staff quarters and Jindal school, I saw an area adorned with well maintained gardens. I noticed it absolutely was a temple on the other hand confusion inflated once I saw a watchmen cabin outside the doorway. It forced me to ask him if this place is public? He nodded and guided me on parking my scooter. It absolutely was the time to understand photographic chance I perceived simply when discovering the place. there have been several reasons for that.
This is a newly built temple of Vinayak, another name for Lord Ganesha. It was donated to public by Shri Jindal in the month of February 2003. Temple is enclosed by lush inexperienced green lawns, types of flowering plants and a little reservoir too ! It has sufficiently large parking place and a Helipad (?). for certain this place is half-dozen acres of enjoyment. Temple architecture uses pagoda type structure having three layers of roof. Temple has a tall, bronze coated idol of Lord Ganesh. Religious duties are performed by a local priest appointed on full-time basis. A bronze coated, 6 feet tall Lord Hanuman statue in the premises was a strange presence to me.
Considering the look and thought behind the design, no doubt it's so a decent place. but ought to that the aim...I had my very own doubts and a number of other queries un-reciprocated. These queries are obvious, natural and unbiased. It would be too early to comment and accountable, however it had been irresistible to put in writing down the thoughts for me!
Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another. Adam Smith
|The entrance of the temple|
The site of temple far from local village and near to Jindal staff quarters otherwise lonely, with a helipad presence made the purpose of building such temple bit doubtful. It is a lot of of a leisure place to the families of company-staff, where they can spend the evening time. In the name of social responsibility and satisfying native leaders, huge firms typically build such large temples. Building temple may be a sensitive issue that is sort of un-opposed. Strong theist locals believes the businessman has similar emotions as they have. Ground reality is, typically unnoticed by the locals, building temple does not adds up to any development or native employment unless it is 'made' renowned.
I conform to such expense only when necessary infrastructural needs are fulfilled which includes roads, drinking water, local employment etc. Road connecting Ratnagiri to Jaygad is a disaster created by company trucks itself. The area near by the temple is open grassland and there is no tree plantation along side the road. Very few locals are employed by the company and this employment has not transformed the standard of living of the villagers. As it is power producing plant, it is not going to bring dependent industries to near by area (except for the port). A project at such a large must be all-inclusive and prioritizing local life. There are already environment related objections raised by the locals, which I am not going into details.
To me, it is a folly and unsustainable development. Most Indian industry share the same story, is there any from your part of India, I request readers to share it in the comment.
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