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Fire catches Khandagiri hill in Bhubaneswar

BHUBANESWAR, 14 May 14, 2016: Fire broke out at a small portion of Khandagiri hill in the city on Sunday evening. The incident occurred behind the ancient heritage Jain temple on the hill.

After getting information regarding the fire, a team of six fire fighters of the Secretariat fire station rushed to the spot and doused the fire. No damage or casualties were reported.

"We took an hour to control the fire. Though actual reason is yet to be known, fire from half-burnt cigarette might have caused the incident," said station officer Rohith Kumar.

Khandagiri hill has a Jain temple with an ancient statue of Lord Mahavira. It has some caves carved out in the hill during the period of king Kharavela. It has some inscription which tells expeditions of the king including victory of Magadha kingdom.- Times of India

Pakistan: Historic Jain temple demolished in Lahore

Lahore, March 3, 2016 Notwithstanding a court order, authorities in Pakistanís Punjab province have demolished the remains of a centuries- old Jain temple to pave the way for a controversial metro line project in Lahore.

In violation of the Lahore High Courtís order to suspend all work on the
line within 200 feet of buildings of historical value, the Punjab government on Thursday demolished the remains of the already damaged temple.

Located near famous Anarkali Bazaar of old city, mob had damaged Jain Mandir in 1992 after the demolition of Babari Mosque in India. The temple was being used these days for some commercial purposes like shops and the office of the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) and a private filling station before its was completely destroyed on Thursday by the Shahbaz Sharif government. - PTI

Thieves caught robbing Jain temple on cam

Gurgaon, February 11, 2016: A Jain temple in Sector 4 was robbed in the early hours of Tuesday. The robbery of cash and silver ornaments worth lakhs was captured in its entirety on a CCTV camera installed inside the temple premises. An FIR has been registered at Sector 5 police station and cops are trying to identify the thieves by studying the CCTV footage.

Rishabh Jain, president of the temple, said the thieves stole 2.5 kg of silver items, consisting of nine canopies, three bhav mandals and a plate, and around Rs 25,000 in cash from the donation box.

According to police, the thieves broke into Aadinath Jinalya at around 3.30 am from the roof. The CCTV footage shows two men using light from cellphones to break open the lockers in the dark. They spent around an hour inside the temple. In October last year, there was another robbery attempt on the temple, but it had then failed. It's not clear yet whether the same gang is behind Tuesday's theft.- timesofindia


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