PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi Corridor project
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi on December 13, 2021.
- The project will be inaugurated before the scheduled Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and is significant in terms of cultural politics for the State.
- For this project, around 400 families were asked to vacate the area.
- Several encroachments surrounding the historic temple were also cleared to make way for this project.
- This project encapsulates the vision of Ahalya Bai Holkar, the Holkar queen of Indore. She created a series of temples and vistas that lead towards Ganga ghat.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project
This project connects Kashi Vishwanath temple with the ghats of Holy Ganga. It comprises of a paved walkway of about 320 metres long and 20 metres wide. It also has facilities for a museum, library, a Mumuksha Bhawan (salvation house) and a facilitation centre for pilgrims.
Cost of the project
This project has been pegged at Rs 600 crore. It was launched in March 2018. Around Rs 300 crore was spent to purchase land and buildings around temple complex, as well as to resettle compensation alone.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
It is among most famous Hindu temples located in Vishwanath Gali of Varanasi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It stands on western bank of the river Ganga. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams. Main deity of the temple is known by names like Shri Vishwanath and Vishweshwara, which means ‘Lord of the Universe’. This temple is called as Kashi Vishwanath temple because, Varanasi city was called as Kashi in ancient times.
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