Somnath Temple in 3D Cave

The Somnath Temple, one of the foremost jyotirlinga sites located in Gujarat, India, can now be virtually explored in a 3D cave located in Delhi. The cave was created by the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board, a state government agency responsible for promoting and preserving Gujarat’s cultural and spiritual heritage.

Location and Inauguration

The Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board developed the first-ever immersive experience project of its kind, a 3D cave located at 25B Akbar Road in Delhi. On the occasion of the Foundation Day of Gujarat, the project was jointly inaugurated by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra, along with Supreme Court Judges Justice MR Shah and Justice Belaben Trivedi.

Technology and Purpose

The Somnath Temple was scanned with a 3-D LiDAR scanning/mapping system and converted into an immersive virtual experience to disseminate the architecture, cultural and religious significance of the temple through this project. The purpose of creating this 3D cave at Garvi Gujarat in Delhi is to provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the temple in a highly realistic and detailed manner. This unique system enables every visitor to have a unique and new experience of the temple.

Visiting the Temple

Visitors can explore the temple through experiential darshan VR goggles and a 3D cave that provides an immersive experience of the temple’s architecture and significance. This allows visitors to explore the temple as if they were physically present there.

Preserving and promoting historical heritage

The government of Gujarat has implemented various measures to safeguard and promote its cultural and spiritual heritage, with the development of the 3D cave at Garvi Gujarat in Delhi being one such initiative. Garvi Gujarat in Delhi is a representation of the customs, culinary art, and culture of Gujarat, and the project has contributed to enhancing this aspect of the Bhawan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the need to preserve and promote historical heritage, and the creation of the 3D cave is a step towards achieving this goal.



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