A 180-feet tall statue of Lord Shiva will be constructed at a cost of Rs 500 crore in Cambodia where the fifth dham (or shrine) of Hindu religion is set to come up.
The four shrines of the char dham pilgrimage have already been established in Dwarka, Badrinath, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram in India and a fifth one will now come up in Cambodia. The RSS leader, Mr. Indresh Kumar reportedly said the upcoming shrine will play a crucial role in promotion and propagation of the Hindu religion in eastern Asia.
Guruji Kumaran Swami who heads the trust that will construct the Hindu holy shrine said the construction of the shrine will cost Rs 500 crore. Other than a grand idol of Lord Shiva, the shrine will also have statues of Lord Ganesha and Lord Buddha. It is to be noted that more than 97 percent of Cambodia’s population is Buddhist.
As per Kumaran Swami the upcoming Shiva shrine will be situated at a distance of 30-Kms from the biggest Lord Vishnu temple in Angkor Wat. It is being anticipated that the tourists who visit Angkor Wat will also visit the Lord Shiva shrine.
Kumaran Swami said the foundation of the fifth dham has already been laid and the first religious jatha to the shrine was slated to visit it in late November.