Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project: It’s one of PM Modi’s ‘Dream Project’, Here’ are the main centers of attraction

On the inauguration day of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, all the boats will be decorated with colorful lights which will be the main center of attraction its known as PM Modi’s ‘Dream Project’, the foundation stone of the temple corridor was laid in March 2019.

New Delhi: All preparations have been completed for the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 13 December. Built over a sprawling area of ​​5 lakh square feet at an estimated cost of around Rs 900 crore, the corridor in Varanasi- PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency, will connect the Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT) with the river Ganga.

A government official had said in a statement that with the direct link between the temple and the river Ganga, one can reach the temple premises in minutes, without having to roam the streets. Known as PM Modi’s ‘Dream Project’, the foundation stone of the temple corridor was laid in March 2019. This is expected to be a major milestone for the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. To be held early next year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project in a grand ceremony on Monday, and with 55 high-definition cameras, four Jimmy jibs and a giant drone, the national coverage of his event in Varanasi will also be “equally monumental”. is fixed. ”, said sources in the officials.

A team of about 100 persons from Doordarshan (DD), comprising 55 camerapersons, senior officers and other staff, is presently camping in the holy city, “Tomorrow, ‘Divya Kashi, Bhavya Kashi’ in front of the public at home”. to bring back. “With 55 HD cameras, seven uplink satellite vans, four cellular mobile newsgathering units, one RF (radio frequency) camera, four Jimmy JJBS and one drone mid-air, this will be a monumental coverage of an event of this nature, and on a really massive scale,”

Earlier, PM’s visit to Kedarnath temple has also been extensively covered by DD, but “Kashi coverage will be really massive and will be as monumental as tomorrow’s program,” the source said. will dedicate to the ambitious Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in the heart of Varanasi, a megaproject that is expected to give a massive boost to tourism in the ancient city, after offering prayers at the ancient temple, which attracts a large number of visitors from India and abroad. does. According to district administration officials, Modi’s first visit will be to the ancient Kaal Bhairav ​​temple, affectionately called ‘Kashi Ke Kotwal’.

“Our coverage will start from Kaal Bhairav ​​Temple and will follow their program-related movements throughout the day to bring viewers an immersive experience through high-def cameras and aerial views of the mega event. The PM’s visit via cruise, his arrival at Lalita Ghat, his activities in the sprawling premises of the corridor, will all be captivated in an intriguing manner,” the source said.

Inside the sanctum sanctorum, Modi will perform puja with the help of Shrikant Mishra, the head priest of the Kashi Vishwanath temple, and DD will also bring that coverage to the viewers. “PM Modi, after entering the corridor from the Lalita Ghat side, will reach the ‘temple complex’ and enter through the ornamental north gate of the ‘campus’.

Then he will enter the sanctum sanctorum from the south direction. He will also offer Gangajal to the Shivling located inside the sanctum sanctorum. “The program will be an experience of ‘Divya Kashi’ (Divine Kashi) and ‘Bhavya Kashi’ (Gorgeous Kashi),” he said. Decorative lamp in the presence of a large number of saints and saints”.

The old and new structures located in the courtyard of the ancient temple site have been specially illuminated. More than 3,000 saints, people belonging to various religious maths, artists and other eminent people are to gather at the venue on December 13 to witness the inauguration.

The mega corridor, the foundation stone of which was laid by Modi on March 8, 2019, connects the main temple to Lalita Ghat through a corridor and has grand entrance gates and ornamental arches facing the ancient temple in four directions. Built-in heritage architectural style. Its origin. After the redevelopment project, the drone view will also showcase the huge complex of the holy temple, which is revered by Hindus as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

The present structure of the old temple was built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar around 1780 and was crowned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 19th century with a golden ‘Shikhar’. A total of 23 buildings will be inaugurated on Monday in the first phase of the project, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Sunday. They will provide various facilities to the pilgrims, including ‘Yatri Suvi’.

Key details about the corridor

  • A total of 24 buildings are to be constructed as part of the project.
  • A corridor of more than 50 feet will directly connect Manikarnika and Lalita Ghat of Ganga to Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga temple.
  • There will be waiting rooms in the corridor for the pilgrims to rest.
  • There will be a museum and auditorium showing the ancient history and culture of Varanasi.
  • Devotees will get special yagyashalas for religious functions like havan.
  • Special accommodation for priests, volunteers and pilgrims.
  • An inquiry center in the corridor to give tourists information about the city and other attractions.
  • A food street serving splendid Banarasi and Awadhi cuisine to tourists
  • An auditorium for meetings, synagogues and temple functions.
  • Ganga View Gallery so that tourists can get a clear view of the holy river.

Promotion of religious tourism
The development of this corridor is expected to boost the overall economy of the region as all facilities have been made available to handle the huge rush of pilgrims. “The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project will help in boosting religious tourism and boost the local economy here. During the construction phase of the project, the number of tourists to Kashi Vishwanath increased 2.5 times”, said Deepak Agrawal, Divisional Commissioner, Varanasi.

For the uninformed, more than 7 million devotees and tourists visit the temple complex every year, while over 10,000 local devotees worship at the famous temple daily. During the auspicious month of Shravan, around 2.5-3 lakh visitors visit the temple, while on Mahashivratri, this number reaches up to 4 lakh visitors a day.

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