Concern Over Monasteries
26 November 2007
Jammu: Conservationists, tourism experts and political figures have demanded renewed efforts for the preservation of the monasteries in Ladakh which symbolise a unique cultural heritage. A day-long discussion organised here by the Vijay Suri Foundation in collaboration with the Friends of Ladakh Society, witnessed concern over their state. Mohammed Ashraf, former Director-General of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir, said: 'Monasteries are crumbling in Ladakh and a lot of efforts are needed for their preservation. At the same time, it cannot be forgotten that they are living temples where monks live and meditate. So it is important to involve them in the conservation efforts.' Sati Sahni, vice-president, Friends of Ladakh Society, said records relating to all the monasteries should be maintained in order that they may be retained in their original form and shape. 'All important monasteries should depute a monk to the National Museum so that they are trained in conservation.' Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Power Nawang Rigzin Jora said: 'Monasteries are the richest heritage resources of Ladakh which play a significant role in the socio-religious development of Ladakhis.'