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Kashi Vishwanath corridor: all you need to know

Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor: In Uttar Pradesh’s ancient city Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched phase 1 of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented flowers to the workers who helped build the corridor before it was officially opened.

He extended his gratitude to all of the labourers who, despite the problems created by Covid, toiled tirelessly on the big complex’s development.

PM Modi said the temple size was only three thousand square feet before, but it has now grown to five lakh square feet. “Now, anywhere between 50 and 75 thousand worshippers, including senior persons and Divyangs, can easily visit the temple,” he said.

He further stated that the entire new Baba Vishwanath Dham complex is not just a magnificent structure, but also a symbol of India’s Sanatan culture. He went on to say, “It is a symbol of our spiritual soul, of India’s antiquity and traditions.”

The Prime Minister, who is visiting his Lok Sabha constituency for a two-day visit, prayed at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and planted a Rudraksha tree on the temple grounds. At the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, he offered Lord Shiva Ganga Jal, Chandan, ashes, and milk. On an Alaknanda cruise, a double-decker boat, he arrived at the temple and had a holy dip in the Ganga.

What is Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project?

The Prime Minister’s aim was to make it easier for visitors and devotees to take a plunge in the holy river, collect Gangajal, and offer it at the Baba Vishwanath temple when they practiced the age-old habit of taking a dip in the holy river, collecting Gangajal, and offering it there.

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham was conceived as a project to establish an easily accessible road from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the banks of the River Ganga in order to realize this objective. On March 8, 2019, the Prime Minister placed the project’s foundation stone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the first phase of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham, which cost over 339 crores to build. In phase one of the project, a total of 23 structures were completed.

Yatri Suvidha Kendras, Tourist Facilitation Centre, Vedic Kendra, Mumukshu Bhavan, Bhogshala, City Museum, Viewing Gallery, and Food Court would be among the services available to pilgrims visiting Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

The project currently occupies a gigantic 5 lakh square foot space, whereas its previous location was only around 3000 square feet.

More than 300 properties near Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple were purchased and acquired as part of the project. Around 1400 merchants, tenants, and homeowners were rehabilitated amicably.

The fact that there is no litigation pending in any court in the country over acquisitions or rehabilitation linked to the project’s development is proof of its success.

During the project’s development, the Prime Minister’s objective was to ensure that all heritage structures were protected. More than 40 ancient temples were found as the old properties were being demolished. These temples have been renovated and beautified while maintaining their original structural integrity.

Later in the day, at around 6 p.m., the Prime Minister would watch Ganga Aarti while onboard a Ro-Ro vessel. He would attend the 98th-anniversary celebrations of Sadguru Sadafaldeo Vihangam Yog Sansthan at Swarved Mahamandir in Varanasi tomorrow at around 3:30 p.m. The Prime Minister will also attend a meeting of Chief Ministers from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, as well as Deputy Chief Ministers from Bihar and Nagaland, during his two-day visit. The conference will provide an opportunity to share governance best practices and is in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective of fostering a sense of oneness among Indians.

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