Jammu: A section of Jammu’s historic Ranbireshwar Temple suffered a collapse due to a lightning strike during a rainy Tuesday morning, according to a temple official. Ajatshatru Singh, a trustee of the Dharmarth Trust that oversees the temple, mentioned that the temple’s old brick structure succumbed to the impact around 9:30 AM after days of continuous rain.
Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the temple’s idols remained undamaged, thanks to Lord Shiva’s grace. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) promptly responded to the incident, with Commandant Zahid Manhas stating that they received the report around 9:40 AM. Thankfully, no one was trapped inside, and the incident resulted in the collapse of the temple’s verandah.
Regarding the cause of the incident, Commandant Manhas pointed out that while rain could be a contributing factor, the temple itself is approximately 150 years old, making it difficult to determine the exact cause.
The Ranbireshwar Temple, a renowned ancient Shiv Temple in Jammu, is managed by the Dharmarth Trust. Plans are in place to construct a more magnificent temple to replace the damaged structure.