The fire reportedly caused by short circuit late Tuesday night engulfed the heavily timbered structure of the temple and surrounding houses, reducing them to ashes within no time.
    
The temple and all the belongings were gutted but the deity alongwith the palanquin was saved as it was taken out to the village and was not in the temple.

Gold and silver coins in the temple were also reduced to ashes and nothing could be salvaged.

As the road to the temple, located in the interior areas about 90 km from Shimla, was breached near the village, the relief and rescue teams dispatched from Kullu had to trek 10 km on foot.

Nine families residing in the houses around the temple were rendered shelterless and Deputy Commissioner, Kullu has provided immediate relief of Rs 10,000 to each family.     

The matter was raised in Vidhan Sabha with the Chief Minister assuring all possible help for reconstruction of the temple and relief and rehabilitation of the affected families.     

"The loss is being assessed and is likely to be colossal as the value of the property of the temple alone was over Rs 1 crore, let alone its heritage importance," said Rakesh Kanwar, Deputy Commissioner Kullu.

The temple is said to date back to the Mahabharata era and was built by Pandavas who stayed here during their exile.

Shangar village is known for huge 150 bigha grassland on top of the hill and falls in the vicinity of the Great Himalayan National Park's western boundary.

The temple dedicated to Shangchul Mahadev, which is the oldest, stands tall in the middle of the grassland and there are three shrines in the vicinity.
    
While one of them is in a dilapidated state, another one in the village is being renovated.
    
However, the deity resides at the village temple and is brought to the ground temple during the festive season.

During the International Kullu Dussehra Festival, the palanquin and the deity are carried all the way from the village to Kullu on foot by the devotees every year.

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