Beed (Maharashtra) – There are attempts to bury the ancient Shri Mahalakshmi Mandir, known for its ‘Hemadpanthi’ architecture, located in the Killa Gate area of Beed city which is known as Champavatinagari, as trash is thrown in this temple. Along with trash, even drainage water is released in this historic temple, and it is deliberately desecrated, accused Ashok Tavare, the State Vice President of ‘Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)’ during a press conference and warned the local administration to stop the desecration and encroachments immediately. He also warned that MNS would free the temple of all encroachments in case no action was taken in fifteen days. (Why is such a warning required to be given to the Administration, why Administration doesn’t take action on its own ? Is it because it is a Hindu temple ? – Editor)
1. Ashok Tavare said that the local knowledgeable senior citizens were asked about the history of the temple, they informed that Shri Mahalakshmi Temple was built around the same time as Shri Kankaleshwar Temple, but the Mahalakshmi Temple has been neglected due to a large Muslim population in that area. A few citizens said that the construction was done in the eighteenth century.
2. MNS has submitted a memorandum that the District Administration should stop the neglect of this historical place. After the submission of the memorandum, Neeta Andhare, the Chief Officer of the Beed Municipal Council, inspected this place.
3. After her visit to the site, Neeta Andhare said that the Administration would soon send a letter to the Archaeological Survey of India, and the Department would survey and declare the period in which the construction was built.
Archaeological Survey of India wakes up after the complaint by MNS. Why the Archaeological Survey of India made no efforts to conserve this Temple ?
An alternate way should be created to visit Shri Mahalakshmi Mandir and the temple should be conserved !
A letter by Archaeological Survey of India to Beed Municipal Council
Archaeological Survey of India must follow up till the conservation, clean-up and restoration is complete.
After MNS’ warning, Amol Gote, the Assistant Director, Archaeological Survey of Maharashtra Government at Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of Beed Municipal Council on the 21st of April 2023 regarding cleaning, repairs, and conservation of Shri Mahalakshmi Mandir. Gote has stated in his letter that in Killa Gate area, behind Milliya College in Beed, there is a ‘Hemadpanthi’ structure, locally known as Shri Mahalakshmi Mandir at Kagadi Ves. Trash and garbage are thrown in this structure; therefore, complaints have been received at the office about its pitiable condition. It has also been observed by our inspectors. The temple is unsafe in the present situation. As per the 1982 circular related to unsafe ancient monuments, it is necessary to protect and conserve the structure. Take care that no harm is caused to the structure. If there is a washroom or toilet near the monument, it should be removed. If there was private land surrounding the structure, a protected zone has to be created around the structure. A way should be made available to visit this structure.