Hindus are asking UNESCO, ASEAN and Indonesian Government to help restore the ancient Hindu temples damaged by October 13 earthquake in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that ancient Hindu temples of Bali were a world heritage and it was important that the world preserved these for the coming generations.
According to reports, many Hindu temples have crumbled and damaged, with stones tumbling to the ground and walls shattered. Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that a special team of experts should be urgently formed to launch immediate damage assessment and make suggestions about repair and restoration to bring these back to pre-quake status.
Over 92% population of Bali is Hindu and it has reportedly about 20,000 temples and shrines. Major Hindu temples include Tirtha Empul Temple (926 CE), 14th century Mother Temple of Besakih, 15th century Tanah Lot, Pura Taman Ayun, Pura Batukaru, etc.
Lonely Planet describes Bali as: “Virescent rice terraces, pulse-pounding surf, enchanting temple ceremonies, mesmerising dance performances and ribbons of beaches…”
ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations) which is headquartered in Jakarta (Indonesia); while UNESCO is United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization based in Paris (France).