An English book of a version detailing the historical background and architecture of the Raghunath Mandir in Jammu, where a large number of devotees from all over the country come to pay obeisance, has been launched.
Renowned Kathak artiste Shovana Narayan has translated the book 'Shri Raghunath Temple, Jammu', published in 2010, into the English 'Shree Raghunath Temple, A Unique Religious Complex'.
"For a person like me, who has never visited the Raghunath Mandir in Jammu, here is a great chance to experience the beauty of the temple by just exploring some pages," said Shovana during the release of the book here recently.
The function was presided over by union culture minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch and Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Karan Singh at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan here.
The original book in Hindi was authored by Kamal Kishore Mishra, on the request of Karan Singh.
"On demand by tourists and pilgrims, the book has been printed in English as well. It is much more than a guide book, as a lot of research work has been done for it," Singh said.
The temple was built during 1835-1860 by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The specialty of the temple, said Singh, is that it is the only one in North India which contained every 'devta' and 'devi' as well as their incarnations.
"The temple has nearly 300 deities, and for the past few years I was thinking about a book which brings all this to the people, as they only come and go out of the complex (after worshiping the gods and goddesses)," he said.
Shovana said she felt that she had paid a visit to the entire temple while translating the book. Translating the book was an amazing experience because I haven't been there myself. So, I have visited the complex through reading and translating the manuscript," she said.
"The very unique complex exudes the spirit of Indian philosophy. There are perhaps three hundred Ramayanas, and this book is sort of adding to that," Kamal Kishor Mishra said, adiing, "This (Raghunath Temple) is the first temple complex where more than 300 deities have been given space."